When is the last time you stopped to think about your purpose in life? If I asked you right now what it was, what would you say?
*Pause here to reflect*
What did you come up with?
As a Christian, your answer to this question is crucial. It will be the foundation of how you make major life decisions. It will also influence a hundred little choices you make through out your day. It will be the driving force in every interaction you have with your family, friends and co workers. We need to know clearly what our purpose is, how to accomplish this purpose, and how to walk it out in our daily lives. Let’s see what the Bible says about this important foundational truth.
God’s purpose for our lives
First Corinthians 10:31 says “Therefore, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” In this verse, Paul was addressing the Corinthians’ concern about eating meat previously offered to idols and then sold in their marketplace. As they thought through the personal and social implications of this, Paul urged them to view this problem through their purpose in life, which is to honor and glorify God. Like the Corinthians, we face many difficult situations in life. We have many choices to make, big and small, on a daily basis. I love how Paul says he makes it his aim to be well pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:9). When we wake up each morning, is it our aim to please God? As we go to bed each night, can we look back on our day and say that was what we were aiming for? As Christians, our purpose is to make it our aim to please and honor God each day.
How do we please God?
Now we know our purpose in life is to be well pleasing to God, but how do we do that? Lets look once again to God’s word for the answer. As Jesus came up from the water at his baptism, the heavens were opened up. The Spirit of God descended and he heard his Father’s voice say, “this is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3:17).” At Jesus’s baptism, we see the Father express His pleasure in Him. We please God when we seek to become more like Jesus and to respond to life’s pressures in a Christlike way. Romans 8:29 says that those who God saved are predestined to become more like Christ as they journey through this world. Though at times we will suffer as we seek to become more like Christ, the Bible says that there is a general blessing that surrounds a person who seeks to do things God’s way.
Not perfect, but growing
Good news! We don’t have to feel pressure to carry out this purpose flawlessly. Thankfully, we are not called to be perfect; but we are called to be growing in Christ-likeness. We have a God who is “gentle” and “lowly of heart”. His “yoke is easy and his burden is light”. (Matthew 11:30). He lovingly walks with us; and He has given us the Holy Spirit to accomplish this task. This should greatly encourage and motivate us to put this foundational truth into practice today and everyday.
Questions to consider:
Has it regularly been your aim to honor God by becoming more Christlike?
What is your greatest life pressure right now? What would it look like to respond to this pressure in a way that honors God? How would seeking to do this change your attitude and your actions?
Think about your last conflict with someone. Was your goal to honor God and respond in a Christlike manner? If not, what was your goal? How might it have changed your response if you decided to honor God instead?
How do you make little choices each day? What should I wear, or eat, how should I prioritize my time? What would need to change in this area with your purpose of life in mind?
Take some time to pray today and ask God to show you what areas of your life are not honoring to him. Ask him to help you to keep your purpose at the fore front of your mind as you go about your day.