One of the most sought-after answers in the world today is, “what is my purpose on this earth”. Some people have spent most of their lives searching for that very answer. At some point and time, we have all asked ourselves this very question. Some of you are seeking that answer at this very moment, while others of you drift back and forth on finding it. Regardless of where you are in this search, I would love to share with you what God has to say on this subject. Now before I get into an in-depth theological stance, (this is where many of you will simply drift off and check Facebook), I wanted to share with you a story from my military days.
When I was a recruit in boot camp for the United States Marine Corps, in Paris Island, South Carolina, the answer to the question of my purpose in life was answered, simply by my drill instructors “your purpose on this earth is “to go from maggot to Marine”, secondly your purpose on this earth is to “kill them all and let God sort out the bodies”. Well in the context of this answer, we were being trained for war and the hell that it brings with it. As I am no longer an active duty Marine, the answer to life has changed DRAMATICALLY. I did overcome the “maggot stage” so I moved onto the later portion of their answer. My purpose had changed as I may not be training for a war on foreign soil, but I am training for a war of a much different kind. As a Christian, I am training for a spiritual war that continues to rage within our world (Eph 6:12). A war that brings with it just as much death and destruction as any other war, the only difference is, just how visible our war is. I am fighting a war against an enemy that wants to take the definition and meaning of what my purpose is, and completely corrupt it. I am fighting a war with the spiritual forces that wish to damn my soul. This war is just as ugly as any other war, with the exception, that if I should give in and fight for the other side, my soul is at stake, not just my body.
This brings me to why this is important in the first place. If I am seeking the answer to the question of “what is my purpose on this earth”, it would behoove me if I sought this answer from the creator of, well, everything; God! You see that God has already answered this question from the very beginning of creation. God sought to give us this answer far before it was ever asked, you know just in case it ever came up. God, being the god, He is, wanted to ensure that we each knew we have a purpose on this earth, and He was even so kind to give us details about our purpose. The difference between His answer and the answer of this world, God wants us to live out our purpose and to never doubt our existence. The world wants you to think that you don’t have a purpose, outside of buying the newest thing on the market or have a ton of stuff. The world wants to distract you from seeing the war waged against your soul, if you never seek the meaning of life, then you will never know just how great it is, and how great your part of this puzzle truly is.
To begin with answering this question, I would like to begin, well, at the beginning. If you are someone who enjoys reading the Bible, I want to invite you to turn to the very beginning, turn to Genesis chapter one. You see, God had/has a plan for mankind, it isn’t to own the newest apple product, or drive the fanciest car (I am not saying owning some things is bad, just like everything else I preach moderation) rather God created us, yes you, with a specific purpose in mind. He was so careful to plan your every hair, for He was interested in seeing your become what He purposed for you for. Having said that, what does God say our purpose is: Genesis 1:36
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to everything that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. 31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
For you see, God had only created man (you and me) in His image, in His likeness. There is nothing on the face of the planet that bears His image, or His likeness both in one place. You were made with a purpose from before you were ever created. God has blessed you with this answer. Here is a breakdown of your purpose:
- Being made in His image/likeness v26
- Being blessed v 28
- Able to reproduce and multiply (to fill and subdue the earth) v28
- Rule over fish, birds, and every living thing on earth v28
- Having food and seeds to grow more v29
- Having control of every beast on earth, sky, sea.
- God said the making of you was very good (the only thing He said was very good) v31
If this wasn’t enough, God even gave us the ability to choose whether or not we would follow Him or turn our backs to Him. How awesome is He? Which also means, how awesome are YOU! After all, you are made in their image, and likeness. No other creation on earth was that special to receive His stamp.
God isn’t done there, no way, not our God! God has made it His personal mission in our lives to maintain a relationship with each of us, to personally know our every want and need, this is evident in Psalms 139, (read it, I promise you won’t be disappointed). God isn’t a god who just abandons us in our time of need, rather He is so personal that He gave us His son, Jesus to live a life here as we do. Not only did He live a life, He felt pain, hunger, suffering, joy, and everything else you and I feel on a daily basis. The answer to our purpose in life is found in no other name, except the name of Jesus.
There was a problem with the very first created man and woman. Not that they weren’t created as we are, the problem is that they disobeyed God. This act of disobedience caused God to be have to make a decision. God could not allow them to go unpunished, at the same time, He could not punish them as to make them obey every command, for they would be robots. God had to answer this sin problem in order to remain in closeness to His creation. So, God sent us His Only Son, Jesus. Jesus was to be the answer to my, and your sin. We are loved so much that God created a way to forgive us of our transgressions against Him. The great thing about this was it would atone for all sin, past, present, and future sin. It only requires you to repent, or ask for forgiveness of your sins, and to walk in obedience of Jesus. Now, God knows you won’t be perfect in this walk of obedience, however, the point is NOT that you will ever be sinless, the point is that you will actually sin less. Walking in obedience means you are to seek Christ in everything decision you make or in everything you do.
As you spend time this week reflecting on just what your purpose is and what you were meant to do on this earth I want you to reflect on just how special and valuable you really are. Not to the world, rather to God. God desires to be in relationship with you, and I know, sometimes it’s not the easiest path to walk down, but the payoff is worth eternity!
Spend time this week in meditation with the Father, seek His purpose for your life and pray for the distractions of this world to be drowned out. God is faithful and will hear your petition.