One of life’s big questions is, what is our purpose? Our purpose in life is the very meaning of our existence. Without clarity in our purpose, we fail to understand our own significance and have less connection to the world around us. Our response to this question ultimately determines our worldview, priorities, and focus.
Understanding our Purpose
The Bible offers many insights into our purpose and how to live with a meaningful mission.
1 Corinthians 6:20; 10:31 For you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s…. Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
Our purpose in life is the “bring glory to God” in everything that we do. Culture wants to deceive us with the notion that life is about our own self-fulfillment and that this is the path to happiness and meaning. In truth, a man whose purpose lies within himself is ultimately left with just that – himself. True freedom and meaning are found in our relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Living with Purpose
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails
Strength and conviction come in living with a clear sense of purpose. As we sift through the noise created by the world, a clear purpose will help us listen to the right voices. Purpose gives us strength when we must go against the currents of culture to protect ourselves and our families. Our purpose also keeps us moving forward when we’re facing the inevitable challenges that come.
When we pursue selfish ambitions apart from our life’s purpose, we fail to operate in the strength of our divine resources. This leaves us open to the enemy’s plan to try and discourage us. He seeks to raise questions and doubts in our hearts and to rob us of our sense of purpose. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we will win these battles.
Living for our Purpose
Each of us have multiple roles in life – husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, worker, student. Our roles will change throughout life, but our purpose will not. As Christian husbands, Christian wives … our purpose is to glorify God in each of these roles.
Living for our purpose produces an abundant life with strong convictions:
- A belief that the gospel is our greatest asset
- Willingness to make hard decisions to protect and advance our mission
- Self-impose boundaries for us and our families
- Surround ourselves with a like-minded community who respect our mission
- Boldly willing to share and live out our mission before others
The best definition of success is doing what God created us to do. We were created glorify to Him and be in relationship with Him. Our purpose travels with us and influences each role, relationship, and responsibility in our lives. We “only live life once” so clarity in our purpose is crucial.
“Only one life to live, ‘twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” – C.T. Studd