Horace Bushnell starts of his writing on Every Man’s Life a Plan of God with John 12:27: “To this end was I born, and for this purpose came I into the world.” This testimony of Christ himself shows us that Jesus came into the world for one purpose and he lived that life out to fulfill that one purpose alone. The Christian cannot be asked to do any differently since he/she is expected to follow the example of Christ in every facet of life. Bushnell proposes a simple truth: “That God has a definite life-plan for every human person, girding him, visibly or invisibly, for some exact thing, which it will be the true significance and glory of his life to have accomplished.” Bushnell offers that God will give man a purpose in this life to fulfill. This may not be Christian service in full time mission work or being on the staff of a church, but wherever man applies himself, if with in the bounds morality, God will be able to bless the work and make it fruitful for His kingdom.
In Walter Rauschenbusch’s Christianity and the Social Crisis, he offers that, “A man’s work is not only the price he pays for the right to fill his stomach. In his work he expresses himself.” Rauschenbusch goes on to explain how the secular world has done a horrible job at motivating the common man to doing a good job at what he is working at, thus producing mediocre results. The job heads need to figure out a way to motivate every person to care about the work they are doing, if this could be achieved then products and ideas produced would be much better because the heart of the person is behind everything produced. This way of thinking should follow with the Christian lifestyle in every day life. Everything that the Christian does should be with passion overflowing with the attitude of Christ. On the job, in the home, and in free time; the mind of Christ should be seen wherever the Christian steps. The product of this type of lifestyle will be that those outside the Christian faith will not just think of Christians as people who live a special life on Sunday, but a people who overflow with this attitude that cannot be sustained within one day and has to flow into the rest of the week. This is a lifestyle that if looked upon from the outside cannot but help to bring others into it.
Most everyone is asking why they are here and if they have a purpose. If the Christian ethic is lived out, man will have no choice but to respond and recognize that the Jesus professed by the Christians has something to offer, something to die for and even better, something to live for.