One Question Every Christian Should Ask That Makes All The Difference

God's Kingdom in the world today

A few years ago, I was in my weekly men’s small group. We were discussing the topic of God’s Kingdom and our purpose within it. Nearing the end of our time together, I decided to ask one last question before wrapping up for the night.

“What do you feel like God’s purpose for your entire life is?” I asked openly to the entire group. I received no immediate responses; the room got quiet… (I’m not a fan of awkward silence; but that’s exactly how it felt!) But then, finally, someone spoke up!

One of the guys answered my question in an unexpected way. What he said was profound and has stuck with me ever since that day. It was one of those things that when I heard him say it, something clicked inside of me and instantly changed my perspective!

I don’t know what God has called me to do with my entire life.” He said, “But I do know that I am supposed to ask, and act upon this one question…”

“How can I advance God’s Kingdom in the world today?

Wow! What a game changing perspective! Upon hearing this response, I immediately received a fresh revelation of what my purpose in life was. I truly believe that this is one question that makes all the difference in living out God’s purpose for our lives.

As believers, our job is to do good works for the Lord. Ephesians 2:10 says: “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Notice that this verse, and verses within the same chapter of the bible, do not mention when or where we are supposed to do good works. We are created to do good works daily. In Luke 9:23 Jesus makes this pretty clear: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

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I do believe that each of us has a specific life-purpose which God will reveal to us over time. However, I also believe that successfully achieving this specific life-purpose is dependent upon how effective we are in advancing God’s Kingdom in the world every day.

At the beginning of every day, I challenge you to ask yourself this question: “How can I advance God’s Kingdom in the world today?”

Simply asking ourselves this question isn’t enough, we must take action! Advancing the Kingdom of God isn’t always comfortable or easy. However, Jesus mentions three commandments in the New Testament that have really helped me stay on track with acting upon this question about advancing the Kingdom of God.

1. Love God with all your heart. (Luke 10:27)
2. Love and serve the people around you. (John 13:34)
3. Teach and encourage disciples. (Matthew 28:19-20)

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” - Jesus Click to Tweet

By remembering, and applying, these 3 commandments every day, we will more effectively advance God’s kingdom in the world. These three commandments cover our calling as Christians.

Our Daily Purpose: Love God, love people and teach others to do the same.

This is how we advance God’s Kingdom in the world today; and this is how we step further into our unique life-purpose.

What are some practical ways that you can think of to answer this question about advancing God's kingdom in the world daily? Please comment below!

Written by Alex Sanfilippo

My mission is to live a life honorable in every way to God my father. I am passionate about building disciples and strengthening the church. My daily goal is to be a positive influence on the people around me and to make the world a better place.

22 thoughts on “One Question Every Christian Should Ask That Makes All The Difference

  1. I think that how one goes about filling the above 3 purposes can change depending on one’s life’s circumstances. As a wife and mother, I did my best to fulfill those purposes within my own home first. I found that volunteering in secular organizations was also a good way to show care for community and individuals. It provided practical opportunities for loving others which may lead to conversations about God and love. At my current stage in life, I am often stuck at home without transportation, so I use social media, my blog, and texting to reach out to others with love and the Word of God.

  2. Great article! I am always excited when people talk about the love of God towards us and pursuit of our destiny in Christ! One of the things I write and teach a lot on is how the enemy tries to disqualify people in their hearts and minds to keep them from becoming a serious threat to his kingdom!

    We are fearfully and wonderfully made to be be both part of a house of stones united upon one another and to be a unique, wonderful and significant individual with an identity and purpose that only we can fulfill in God’s plan.

    I have enjoyed reading through some of your historical blogs, what an encouragement and passion. Keep up the great work, you are furthering the Kingdom!

    1. Thanks so much Nathan! I appreciate your feedback and kind words about my previous blog posts. I love helping people grow as I’m learning and growing. 🙂

  3. Good question. Hard answer though if we think about the old saying that says any journey begins with a single step. That is true. We sometimes get too heaven-focused and fail to see what we can and should be doing to further Gods kingdom here on earth. My purpose should be to constantly seek relationship with God and to be his hands and feet for those around us.

    1. That’s a deep question… Both are obviously very significant. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the answer!

      1. You are right. Both are important.

        To know God is very integral, unless there is excessive self-interest involved, as shown in Matthew 7:21-23.

        However, the latter is a greater virtue, in which we can also do the former (1 John 4:19; 2 Timothy 2:19).

  4. I think the best part of that question is that not only is the answer different for everyone, but it could be a different answer daily. God wired us all different, we as individuals have our own niche cares. We advance the kingdom mainly in our own areas of importance. It takes the whole body asking that one question to really change the world, but each of us individually can at least make a difference somewhere.

    1. SO TRUE. For me, Monday through Friday as I’m walking into work, answering this question applies to the people I work around and my customers. My purpose on those day’s is to be a positive light in their lives as I work in a very unsaved industry. Days that I’m off work, this looks completely different… Thanks for the comment Mikey!

  5. Since God’s gifts and assignments are personal, one’s efforts need to be personal as well without trying to copy another persons serving assignment.

    1. So true! I’m actually going through a series with a small group right now that is about this topic. Thanks for this wisdom sir!

      1. AJ, Thanks for the compliment. My “wisdom” comes from years of experience and the patient teaching of my Lord who has lovingly corrected many of my poor efforts. Since you are apparently interesting in “building disciples”, you may be interested in a statement that I have written about “Discipleship” on my website. It can be found at There are other resources that might be helpful for you and your group.We are engaged in the same ministry.

  6. Very thought provoking Alex “…each of us has a specific life-purpose which God will reveal to us over time. However, I also believe that successfully achieving this specific life-purpose is dependent upon how effective we are in advancing God’s Kingdom in the world every day.” What are we willing to do in our everyday lives, in public, unashamed, to live for God?!

    1. That’s a serious question right there! public and unashamed, big words when you’re talking about faith!

  7. Love this post! I’ve been thinking a lot on this topic lately. One practical thing I’m doing is to initiate conversation in public instead of hiding in a device. By engaging people around me, it’s way more likely I’ll be able to encourage or pray with them thereby advancing God’s kingdom.

    1. “One practical thing I’m doing is to initiate conversation in public instead of hiding in a device” – That’s so good and so practical. I feel like many of us (myself included) hide behind our phone when things are uncomfortable, it’s almost a “safe place.” You’re absolutely right though, that doesn’t do much for advancing God’s kingdom. Thanks for sharing Beka!!!

  8. Great stuff, Alex! This is simple, practical, and it applies to every single follower of Christ. It’s the gospel!

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