Moving from Minnesota to Michigan for my senior year of high school was a difficult period of transition in my life. One of the many difficulties I faced was transferring my credits and matching them to meet my new high school's graduation requirements. U.S. Government was one of the required classes I needed to take in order to graduate, which was a sophomore-level class at my new high school.
In this class I often observed the younger students at arm's length, not really getting involved with them because of the intimidation of being both “the new girl” and the only senior in this sophomore level class.
One day while I was doing my normal routine—doing my work and observing—a student in mid conversation with another classmate said, “No one knows the purpose of life.” I instantly thought to myself, “Our purpose in life is to be part of the family of God in His Kingdom forever.” I looked at their expression and realized that they sincerely believed their statement, even brushing off the mystery with slight amusement.
Jesus Christ explained to his disciples in Mark 4:11, “To you it has been given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God.” He further explained that those who were not called would only understand the parables he used as riddles unsolved. It is one thing to read about this, but it was sobering to witness it.
Looking back now, I wish that I would have been more involved with my classmates and that I had worked on developing healthy and loving relationships with them. If I had, this may have been a time where I could have embraced the opportunity to plant seeds and talk about God’s kingdom to come.
As God’s called and chosen elect, we should be deeply thankful to God for the wonderful blessing He has given us in revealing the mystery of the Kingdom. In our appreciation for our calling, we should share with others—in all love and respect—the purpose of their life, which they are searching for—the coming kingdom of God.
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15, NASB).