What is my purpose in life?
Have you ever asked that question? If not, you should have! Without purpose, our lives have no direction or meaning. So it is important for each of us to discover why we are here.
I’m not suggesting that you figure out every detail of what you should do (that is impossible) but that you learn from God’s Word the big picture reason God has put you on earth. And where would we turn to find that? We must turn to the Bible if we are going to discover and live out our purpose for life.
A good place to start is Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” In other words, Jesus teaches His followers that their purpose is to do good for others in order to bring glory to God. Also, in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” See that theme? Our purpose in life is to glorify God! Not just on Sunday morning, but in everything we do! “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Rom. 12:1).
Now begin to implement that purpose in all the areas of your life. How can you best glorify God in your personal life, your marriage, your family, your work, your hobbies, your church involvement, your finances, your relationships, your decisions? How will you glorify God today? What in your life does not glorify God and needs to go?
It is very exciting to find out why you exist. Yet it is very difficult for sinners to glorify God. So day by day we constantly confess that we fall short. Day by day we are renewed again by God’s grace to live for His glory. We strive for the vision of Habakkuk 2:14, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” As we live for that purpose, we know our life is not in vain.
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (Rom. 11:36),