“The cities, the roads, the countryside, the people I meet – they all begin to blur. I tell myself I am searching for something. But more and more, it feels like I am wandering, waiting for something to happen to me, something that will change everything, something that my whole life has been leading up to.” ― Khaled Hosseini,
People have been searching for the true meaning of life for as long as I can remember. A person being in touch with their purpose is critical to having a fulfilled life. If you have been searching for what others say about the meaning of life you have undoubtedly come across a wide variety of thoughts. Many believe that the meaning of life is found within ourselves, yet that pursuit always ends in disappointment. As one of my professors said years ago “Some believe when they are dead, they are dead like Rover, when they are dead, they are dead all over.” In other words some believe this life is all there is. But oh how defeating that thought is. I would challenge you to understand that we are not here without reason and most certainly this life is not all there is.
Genesis 1:26 (KJV) 26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”
God created mankind in His image and for His glory. The Westminster Confession states that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. That is a brief statement with a powerful application.
If I believe God is here for me I become self centered. If I believe God is here for me I become angry and resentful every time He doesn’t do things they way I want Him to. But if my purpose is to glorify Him, if I am here for Him, my perspective changes.
God desires to have a personal relationship with us through His Son Jesus Christ. Though the perfect relationship was broken when sin entered the world, He has designed a way for the relationship to be mended. It is mended by grace, through faith as we trust in Christ alone for salvation.
So what does that have to do with my purpose on earth?
- I am created in His image, not the result of an act of evolutionary chance.
- I am created for His glory. My purpose in life is to serve and honor Him.
- I am created for eternal relationship. When this life is done, He desires for me to spend eternity with Him in renewed and perfect relationship.
How do I serve and honor God? Of course the first thing is to accept His gift of salvation. Secondly we are called to serve with humility. Jesus taught this when He exampled humility by washing His disciple’s feet. John 13:13-16 (KJV) 13 “ Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. 16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.”
He taught us to serve by serving. The act of serving others, when we do so with a pure motive, provides a great deal of meaning to life. But just doing good deeds is not what I am referring to. Doing good deeds for others in service to our Lord has a great deal more meaning.
He taught us to glorify God by worship. Jesus told the woman at the well John 4:23(KJV) 23 “ But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.” Jesus is teaching the truth that we don’t worship God on our terms. If we are going to glorify God we must worship on His terms. The writer of Hebrews said “25 “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
Some want to have “home church” because they can’t find a church with which they completely agree. The problem with that approach is it violates God’s command to assemble with other believers. But not only that; it also is based on the idea that we don’t need others. In the Old Testament Solomon said “Ecclesiastes 4:12 (KJV) 12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” There is strength in numbers. Part of our purpose is to receive strength from others and provide strength to others. Building relationships which have a core common trait of love for God is a vital part of fulfilling our purpose in life.
When the Bible is our guide, our relationship with God is our motivator, and eternity is our reminder, we find true purpose in life. If I can be of assistance to you on this journey of life, please complete our contact form and I will get with you.