Does life have purpose?
This is the question that, at one time or another, we all have to answer. The Oxford dictionary defines purpose to be “the reason for which something is done or created, or for which something exists.”
With suicides on the rise and the world going the way it is, it leaves many people questioning what the purpose of life is. The purpose of life defines how we live and why we act in a certain way. It defines us as a person.
How can we know what we were created to do if we are not told, though? I believe God has told us what the purpose of life is in His Word.
Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has “a plan and a future for us.”
This leads me to believe that we were created for something.
Ephesians 2:10 talks of us “being created by God to do good works” which He planned long before we were thought of.
This introduces the idea that we were created to glorify God.
Matthew 28:18-20 says, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This verse further builds on the idea that we were created to glorify God by letting us know that everything we see and know is the Lord’s and our purpose is to know God and make His Name known.
Trouble, pain, and conflict are very real, but Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that, “Our struggles are not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
This world tells lies and one of the biggest lies we hear is that our life holds little to no significance or purpose. “Yes, we may make a difference today, but it does not hold significance in the grand scheme of things,” is what we are told.
I am here to tell you that is a lie.
Psalm 139 talks of a God who knows us intimately. He “knit us together in our mother’s womb.” He “knows our thoughts before we even think them.” He “knows when we sit and when we rise.” We are important and valuable to God!
Romans 12:3-8 says that “God gives us each individual gifts” to use for His glory. Isaiah 55:11 also talks of God’s Word “going out and not returning void.” What we do may be small in earth’s time, but it can hold so much significance in light of eternity.
God created us for Him and has called us to live our lives for Him. Our value and worth are not defined in things of this world but in Christ alone. Our purpose in this life is to make Christ’s Name known and spread the Gospel to all people. Is there any greater mission that we could be called too?