Our lives can become monotonous and so troublesome that it becomes easy to question the value and purpose of our lives. Throughout our journey, we can seek to find purpose through a host of various worldly means. We can find momentary satisfaction from relationships, achievements, wealth, possessions, fame, hobbies, careers, and virtually any and everything under the sun. Even though these aspects of life all have a place, apart from God and a personal, intimate relationship with him, we are unable to find true fulfillment in life. Solomon came to this conclusion, when he said, “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecc. 12:13-14).
God has plans for each of us. He has a purpose for our lives. The prophet, Jeremiah, recounts: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11). When we put our lives in God’s hands, we find the purpose that he has for us. The psalmist explains it this way: “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands” (Ps. 138:8). Fulfilling this purpose accompanies putting God first in every area of our lives, every day of our lives. Jesus, himself challenged his followers with these words: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Mt. 6:33).
Louie Giglio, Christian pastor and author, has defined our purpose in life as “the frame that gives meaning to the temporal and mundane events of a given day.” He goes on to list these four dimensions to that frame:
- TO KNOW GOD: developing a personal relationship with the God who has created each of us and called us into fellowship with him. This is done through prayer, Bible study and joining with other believers in community and worship.
- TO SHARE THE GOSPEL: telling others about the way that God has transformed our lives. This is done through witnessing, missions and evangelism.
- TO INVEST IN ETERNITY: giving of our time, treasure and talents to invest in people’s lives because people are will spend eternity with or without God. This is done through giving and serving both in and through the local church.
- TO EXTEND THE KINGDOM: living a life of faith that is transparent and genuine in our homes, churches and communities. This is done through mentoring, parenting, and equipping others to be purpose driven in their lives.
God has a purpose for each of us. That purpose is discovered through a relationship with God that consumes every part of our lives. Hence, Paul concludes, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).