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We are born to die. Not that death is the reason why we were born, but it is an inescapable part of our future. Our lives move along a deathward trajectory that none of us, even the most vigorous, can avoid. Therefore, it’s important to understand life’s purpose.

An important voice on the subject of purpose is Jonathan Edwards. On July 8, 1723, Edwards penned his 52nd resolution along this line, asserting: “I frequently hear elderly people express how they would live, if they were to do life over again: [I am] Resolved, that I will live in faithfulness without regret, supposing I live to an old age.”

God’s call is too important to waste time, and, if we’re concerned with the advance of Christ’s kingdom, we want every ounce of energy to serve its progress. Toward this end, the following video, which we recently filmed in downtown Bologna, Italy, examines the cruciform pattern to which God actively conforms our lives.

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