By Martin Cisneros
The purpose of life is the destination rather than the journey, even if the destination isn't "heaven/hell." People have read their heaven/hell thing into all of the passages where St. Paul was scared to death of falling short, missing out on the prize, having an inferior resurrection, not completing his course with joy, not competing according to the rules, and maybe a dozen other ways that he said it. The purpose of life for each of us is the destination that Jesus Christ has given to each of us on our knees when we received our knighthood and ambassadorship from Him, so for each person it's going to be something different.
I've had people fall out with me because mine wasn't like theirs, though I never one time ever spoke a condemning word to them about theirs since without a manifestation of Holy Spirit within me, I wasn't going to know what theirs was anyway. I've had people that I even trusted that fell out with me because of the enormity of what's before me and they took on Eliab's attitude from 1Samuel 17:
28Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab's anger burned against David and he said, "Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle." 29But David said, "What have I done now? Was it not just a question?"
And everytime I bump into that, I just think of Joseph's murderous and envious brothers while the Word of the Lord's trying me. It's just Eastern nonsense that says that the point of the journey is the journey itself and not whether you ever get anywhere. Too many judgment passages that assert otherwise and that Jesus isn't just passing around the marijuana and saying to enjoy the journey 'cause you're never really going anywhere 'cause only He's going anywhere. To the Old Testament Jews, Jesus said to take up your cross and follow Him. To the New Testament crowd that Jesus doesn't speak figuratively to at all, according to what He said in John's Gospel, it's about being the exact representation of the invisible Christ, an imitation of God, an imitation of St. Paul, and an imitation of Onesimus.
And that's irrespective of the direction He sends us in to accomplish what He's wanting for each of us to do as Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Pastor, Teacher, Bishop, Administrations, Gifts of Healings, Workers of Miracles, Ministry of Helps, Encouragers, Financiers, etc., as St. Paul outlined for us in Romans 12, 1Corinthians 12, 2Corinthians chapters 8 and 9, Ephesians 4, his pastoral epistles, and in what the authors of Hebrews, Peter's, and John's writings laid out for us. So, the New Testament tells us what the journey is supposed to be like: looking just like Him. And then each of us according to the grace given to us goes where He sends us, i.e. destination.