Have you ever wondered about the reason for your existence?
Why is it that you and I and about 7.5 billion other people inhabit this planet?
Although these questions may seem highly lofty and deeply philosophical, having a proper understanding of our life purpose could change the trajectory of your life.
Some live life as if the purpose is simply to have a good time while we are here on earth.
The thinking is that if we get 70-80 relatively pain-free years, some enjoyable recreation while acquiring a decent amount of material possessions, plus add a few good friends to keep us company and, hey, we’ve done as well as anyone could hope.
These aren’t bad things. The only problem with them is that they aim so low.
Perhaps we need to set our sights a bit higher.
In a word, I would say the reason we are here is GOD.
I say this because the Bible makes it clear that He is our creator and sustainer.
And although He did wire us that we might experience pleasure in this life, He made us for purposes that are much greater.
First off, we were made to know God.
We were designed to be in relationship with Him.
Jesus prayed these words in John 17:3:
This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ who you have sent.”
God wants us to talk with Him, seek His counsel and share our burdens with Him.
Secondly, we were made to worship God.
God created the universe so that it would display the worth of his glory.
And he created us so that we would see this glory and reflect it by knowing and loving it – with all our heart and soul and mind and strength.
It could said that humanity is meant to be part of the grand symphony of creation that constantly declares the glory of God.
Third, we were made to serve God.
Most of these service opportunities show up in our relationships.
Our friends, families, neighbors, coworkers and classmates.
But, as the parable of the Good Samaritan indicates, service can also extend to the stranger.
(And the Sermon on the Mount shows us that we can even serve our enemies.)
Throughout the New Testament we find phrases known as the “one-anothers.” They describe the various we can serve God by taking care of each other.
Love one another. Bear the burdens of one another. Forgive one another. Defer to one another. Encourage one another. Pray for one another.
To those we encounter in need the Bible is very specific about our actions. We are to feed, clothe and house the poor.
By these actions of serving other people, we serve God (see Matthew 25:40).
Finally, we were made to share God.
If we know God, worship God and serve God, we must add to our list of life purposes the necessity of telling others about God.
In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus talked about how His followers are called to be the salt and light of the world.
In Bible times, salt not only seasoned food but it acted as a preservative.
As for light, light has the ability to reveal our true surroundings.
When Jesus used the imagery of salt and light, He was issuing a challenge to His disciples to go forth and make a difference in a dark and decaying world.
In Christ, we have a message of reconciliation and redemption. Through Jesus, God offers hope, peace, security and purpose for life.
Why am I here?
To know God. To worship God. To serve God. And to share God.
How is your life being filled by these four purposes?