At least one time during a person’s life (and probably many times throughout a person’s life), the question will be posed, “What is my purpose in life; why am I here?” This question will be raised from many different aspects; albeit, family wise, job wise, spiritual wise, just to name a few. If you will recall, several years ago Rick Warren wrote a book titled, “The Purpose Driven Life” – which was later turned into a series of studies called, “40 Days of Purpose; Why Am I Here?”. With regards to the churches that promoted the series, the question must be asked, “Did those who attended the courses find their true purpose in life?” For if they didn’t find their answers in the “book”, where did they turn to? It should also be asked, “For those who found their “purpose”, are they serving the Lord today through His will?”
Consider for a moment if a church posted a sign that read, “Want to know your purpose in life? Answers found inside.” And then out of curiosity you went inside and heard the preacher say, “Open your Bibles as we find God’s purpose for each of our lives.” The first passage he might take you to is Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7, where we would find that God wonderfully made us in His image; created us to have a personal eternal relationship with Him. He would then also explain that through man’s sin of disobedience (in that Adam ate of the forbidden fruit), death came upon all of mankind (both spiritually and physically) – which severed the relationship with God. The preacher would then state that God’s love for the human race was so great that He provided the payment for our sin debt.
John 3:16 states,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Romans 6:23 states,
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
John 5:24 states,
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”
When one receives God’s gift of redemption, our relationship with God is immediately restored.
The preacher might then state, “Through your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, you are now created anew” – as revealed in Ephesians 2:10,
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Your [purpose] has been defined by our Savior. You are to allow Him to have full control of your life; allow Him to guide and direct your life; you are to honor and glorify the Lord with your life.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 states,
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Philippians 1:6 states,
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
And Philippians 2:13 states,
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.”
The preacher might then state, “Through prayer, study and meditation upon God’s Word, and through the leadership of the Holy Spirit, God’s plan and purpose for your life will be revealed.” But we must submit our lives unto the Lord.
Romans 12:1-2 states,
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
The preacher might then conclude the message by stating, “When we voluntarily place our lives in God’s hand – for His purpose and use – He will reward us abundantly – for He will state, “Well done thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” [cf. Matthew 25:21]. If you are truly searching for your purpose in life, give your life to Christ, open God’s Word – the Bible; for therein you will find your [purpose].