Here at the beginning of the New Year is a perfect time to reconsider one’s purpose in life. Have you ever asked yourself one or more of the following questions: “Why am I here? Why do I exist? What’s my purpose for existence?” I believe everyone has asked these questions, not only of themselves but of others, too. Maybe you’ve even asked them of God. In fact, God is the best Person for you to ask such a question, since He is the only One with the full knowledge and understanding of why every single creature exists, because He created everything (including you) with a purpose. In fact, we all probably have more than one purpose in existing, and many may have the same or a similar purpose, but everything indeed has a purpose.
It has taken a while, but I have come to realize that my purpose in life is to fulfill the divine purpose for which God created me. Yes, even though I was conceived by my parents and born into this world, it was still God Who created me. I base this understanding on what the psalmist and king David wrote in the book of Psalms:
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. (Psalms 139:13-16 NASB)
There have been times throughout my life when I’ve paused to contemplate my purpose for existence. While I believe I was created for fellowship with God, as is every other human being, I also believe God has a specific, maybe even a unique, purpose for me in particular. I have come to believe, after observing how God has used me most effectively throughout my life, that God’s purpose for me is to influence others — though not everyone yields to this influence — to consider the Word of God and decide whether to obey and follow it or not. It’s just that simple.
Though I have been very discouraged at times when folks chose to ignore my presentation, whether I gave it in a sermon or a lesson or a written form or a personal communication of some sort, I have continued nonetheless to press on with sharing what I’ve learned from reading and meditating on God’s Word throughout my life. I sometimes wonder if there will be a time of vindication at the time of judgment for those whom God sent to share His Word or message with others, both in the Church and in the world. Will I hang my head in shame because I ignored a Word from the Lord, simply because it came from a human messenger for whom I had insufficient respect? Will there be believers in the Kingdom who will hang their heads in shame because they chose to disrespect and ignore the message I gave them from the Lord? I don’t know, but I think about these kinds of things often during my quiet times.
The Good News is that for those who enter into the Kingdom of Christ forever will not be ashamed forever. Once we have been gently scolded by our Lord for ignoring His messengers who bore His message unto us, we will then enter into His everlasting joy and never give our past failings a second thought, except to remember that we are able to enjoy His eternal blessings entirely because He ransomed us from our sinful past nature. HALELUJAH!
Have you discovered your purpose for existence? You already know that you were created for eternal fellowship with God, so have you entered into that fellowship by accepting His offer of salvation which He made possible through the atoning sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead? You can’t be in fellowship with God any other way. Jesus Himself stated:
“…I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father [the One True God] except through Me.” (John 14:6 NKJV)
The Apostle Paul tells us:
…if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10 NKJV)
In other words, put your full confidence in the fact that Jesus rose from the dead after He sacrificed Himself on the cross for the sins of the world (and your sins, in particular), and then say it out loud to yourself and to anyone else who will listen that you agree Jesus is indeed the Lord and King of all. If you truly believe that, it will impact how you think, speak, act, and live your life foreverafter. Those who claim to have believed in Jesus and confessed His Lordship over their lives and yet continue to practice sin (that means commit sins without any attempt at restraint) are deceiving themselves and are in for an everlasting shock when Jesus returns for His faithful ones. No wonder Jesus says,
“Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able. When once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open for us,’ and He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know you, where you are from,’ then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will say, ‘I tell you I do not know you, where you are from. Depart from Me, all you workers of iniquity.’ There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves thrust out. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 13:24-29 NKJV; compare also Matthew 8:11-12; Matthew 22:1-14; Matthew 24:45-51; and Matthew 25:13-30)
What a frightful time that will be! God insists on holiness (Leviticus 11:44-45; 1 Peter 1:13-16 & Hebrews 12:14-17). Those who try to side-step living a life of obedience, righteousness and holiness are overlooking and ignoring all of the other commands of God in both the Old and New Testament Scriptures to live righteous, holy lives of obedience to His Word as proof of their commitment to and love for Him (John 14:15, 21, & 24). They base their position on the misunderstanding that, since they are “under grace” (Romans 6:14 & Ephesians 2:8-9), they don’t have to obey any of the commands of God, because that is perceived as works-righteousness and living under the Law. However, Jesus once asked,
“But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46 NKJV)
God is indeed a merciful, gracious, and forgiving God, but ONLY when a sinner is humble and repentant before Him (see James 4:6 & 1 Peter 5:5). If you want to play fast and loose with your eternal soul like an addicted gambler at a casino table, that’s your decision, but be forewarned that your final “roll of the dice” (when you die) really is for keeps — everlasting keeps.
What is my purpose? I’m fulfilling it right now by sharing the hope of salvation with you and warning you that time is running out to make your decision whether to accept, follow, and obey the Lord Jesus Christ. If you are ready to do that now, just do as I wrote above: put your full confidence in Jesus and tell everyone you meet what you’ve done and invite them to do the same as you have done, and then live your life for Jesus, according to His command to love one another (particularly fellow believers in Christ) as He has loved us (John 15:12-14). That’s it!
Now, do you know what your purpose is for existing in this world? You were created for fellowship with the everlasting God of all creation, so go fellowship with Him by reading, believing, and obeying His Word (the Holy Bible) and sharing His glorious hope with everyone who will listen. Join in corporate worship each week with other sincere believers who believe and try to practice the command to love one another as Christ has loved them, and finally, keep looking UP, for our redemption is nearer than we first believed (Luke 21:28)!
NOTE: I’m currently writing on a book about God’s Plan of Salvation in which I go into much more detail on this subject. Keep a watch here and at my published books Web site http://books.parsonplace.com for an announcement on when it will be available for purchase.