At some point, just about everyone asks about their purpose in life. Recently, I ran across a blog post that briefly explored the subject. While the author keeps a positive spin on it, he offers no solid answers. Thankfully, God does provide a response to this critical subject.
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Personally, I believe that our generation moves towards self destruction due to a lack of a true purpose. We got rid of God and the Bible many years ago, and determined that we ‘evolved’ past such barbaric, religious beliefs. In its place, we learned hedonism and taught it to our children. They quickly grow into the next generation, and we wonder why they seem so focused on taking the easiest, most pleasurable paths, even when it means more problems in the long run.
As such, most people have little need to study the Bible, or follow God’s Word for their life. Indeed, the vast majority of people I speak with consider little or no need for such direction. Even those who claim to believe in Christ will often forsake studying His Word, discussing the faith, or pursuing Him in prayer, because, in their heart, they have decided that their true purpose in life lies in self satisfaction.
Yet, The Bible makes our true purpose clear.
1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
You see, God is love. He created us to love, and for us to love Him. In doing so, we glorify God. And, ultimately, that is what we were made for. Now, I imagine that at least self proclaimed Christians would not argue this point. Yet, if we truly believe this, I suspect many of us would live our lives in a completely new way.
First, what does that mean, practically? Well, in everything we do, we can glorify the One who made us. When we serve each other, Jesus said, we serve Him. When we follow His ways and commandments, we glorify Him as a living example of love and humility. Even in something as simple and common as eating, we glorify Him when we give thanks for the food He has given to us. In all things, we can glorify God.
1 Cor 10.31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God
Yet, to truly glorify God, we must learn more about Him, His nature, and His will (or commandments) for our lives.
John 14.15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
We can see a great parallel when we think about a married couple. As a single person, I lived a certain way. After I married, I had to change some of those habits and behaviors to have a good relationship with my wife. As the years passed, I got to know her better. I learned what made her happy, which included things I never would normally consider. That process took time, patience, and work. However, I did so joyfully because I wanted her to enjoy our relationship and life together.
How much greater should our efforts be to learn more about God? How much more should our lives change as we seek to please and glorify He who gave His life for us? I imagine we could spend an eternity learning about God, finding new ways to glorify Him and enjoying our relationship together. And that, my friends, is what heaven is about. Glorifying God is not just our purpose in life, but our eternal purpose at that.
So, as you walk through life, wondering about your purpose, consider the Bible, and what it says. You may find that the answer is easier to find than you ever imagined. Living it out, on the other hand, will take an eternity.
By His Grace,
Phil aka JCServant