Are You Living Life on Purpose?
Living Life with Purpose for Eternity
by Joanne Troppello
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 6:23 (NKJV)
I was watching another Andy Stanley sermon on YouTube and something he said made me stop and think. “You can end up somewhere in life or you can end up somewhere on purpose.” This perspective is not new for me. I’ve always wanted to find my purpose and what God wanted me to do in life. Our church did The Purpose Driven Life Bible study by Rick Warren when that was published back in 2002.
With that in mind, it should have been no surprise to me that watching Netflix’s Medici: The Magnificent would resonate with me so much. (Note: this series is for mature audiences only.) This original series by Netflix follows the saga of the Medici dynasty from Italy during the 15th-century Renaissance Florence. It depicts their journey as they forged their way to become a powerhouse in politics and the arts. They owned the Medici bank and were an extremely powerful family in Europe during the Renaissance.
I had heard about the Medici family name before when I watched Reign on the CW. However, I didn’t know all of their history that was depicted in this Netflix series. According to Screen Rant, “The show gets a lot of details right and has plenty of historical facts peppered throughout, as is often the case with historical dramas, but there’s also plenty of artistic licenses.” Feel free to read more about those differences with the historical facts in the Screen Rant article.
Living for Eternity
Now, I’m not advocating that you watch this show. I know there were historical inaccuracies in the storyline and it’s for mature audiences only due to some nudity and a good amount of fighting scenes. However, a few things stood out to me.
Legacy – All family members (not unlike many other wealthy or noble families throughout history) were consumed with doing what needed to be done to preserve their family legacy and the Medici name – like marrying for the family’s future and not for love.
God’s Glory – Some members of the family became priests. The family was closely aligned with their bank to the Papal accounts for the Pope (mostly because of their desire for power – in the name of preserving their legacy and the arts). However, some of the artists portrayed truly wanted to have their work glorify God.
Being Human – Maybe some of the family members had good intentions, but many times, bribery, or murder (for good reason, according to them) ruled their behavior.
Legacy, God’s glory, and being human – all words or phrases that can describe all humankind from Adam and Eve being created in the Garden of Eden to present day. Maybe if you’d watch this show, it might impact you in a different way than it impacted me. Maybe you’d think about these same three things. Maybe not.
Yet, let’s bring it back to one major thought that has resonated with me while watching this show (three seasons) – living for eternity. One main reason I kept thinking about eternity is because as I watched the show, I sometimes checked online to see if a certain fact or storyline was true. I checked to see how long the real characters actually lived.
Knowing how hard this family tried to preserve their legacy for future generations of their family – while some of them had eternity in mind, like Lorenzo’s wife, Clarice, and others did not – made me think.
Am I living for eternity each day?
7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. 8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. 10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the [a]oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the [b]dominion forever and ever. Amen. – I Peter 4:7-11 (NKJV)
This passage in I Peter is so relevant to the question, are you living for eternity. Verse seven sets the stage perfectly as it references that Heaven is close at hand and you should be serious and watchful in your prayers. Of course, no one knows the day and hour that Jesus will return to Earth, not even Jesus or the angels, only God, the Father (Matthew 24:36). However, we should be actively serving God, growing in our walk with the Lord, and living in the Holy Spirit. I urge you to take an introspective look to ascertain whether or not you are truly living for eternity. That is something I am striving for more and more each day.
Are you living for eternity?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.