Day 5: Purpose – Why Are You Here?

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Day 5

I think there is perhaps no time in a person’s life when they think of why they are here on this earth more than when they are completing their senior year of high school.

There are other times in life, such as when we switch careers, or maybe when we experience a child leaving the nest that this question might float into our minds; however, I think that the last year of high school holds some of the most pressure to answer this question.

I remember when I was going through this season of life.  There were so many amazing possibilities, but there was also this intense pressure to make adult decisions about things that would ultimately determine my whole future.  (At least that is what you tend to tell yourself at seventeen.)  I often felt overwhelmed with stress and anxiety about which choices I should make.  My existence completely revolved around my pursuit of discovering what my place ultimately was in this world.

You see, I’ve never been someone that has been content with life just passing me by.  There’s always been this fire inside of me to live my life with purpose and zeal.  I think perhaps that this desire is so strong within me because one of my worst fears is that I will reach the end of my life one day, and look back and just see so much time that I have wasted.

I can’t let that be me.  I won’t let myself waste this life!

I know I am not alone with these feelings either.  I constantly hear our society and various people I know say things like, “Live your life to the fullest!”  or “You only live once!” or even, “Live for something beyond yourself!”

But what are we all really living for?

All of these words are meaningless if we do not first answer the question of why we are here in the first place!

So why are we here?  Is there actually a greater purpose for our life that we must discover?

We have spend the last few days discussing how Christ has given us a new identity that is defined not by who we are or what we do, but by who He is and what He did for us.  We are marked by the Holy Spirit and loved by God.

So if this is all true, then what does this mean for us in terms of the direction in life that we should go in?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore glorify God in your bodies.”

Because God has given us His identity and the Holy Spirit lives within us, our lives are literally not our own.

Yes, God made us to be individuals with free will to make our own decisions.  But those decisions should be made in light of the calling that we have received!  We see from the verse above that this calling is to glorify God.  This is what should determine every decision that we make in life.

Glorifying God means simply to praise Him and live in a way that pleases Him!  We glorify anything that we hold in high esteem.  Be it a loved one, or a particular brand of clothing.  We do this by our affection for this thing and our loyalty or commitment to it.  God wants the same thing.  The only difference is that He wants all of our love and our faithfulness.  Our highest regard should be for Him alone.

So the ultimate goal for our life is to glorify God in everything we do!   This is why we exist.  This is the meaning of life!  A question that has been sought after from the beginning of time, from every nation and tribe of people is really just as simple as glorifying God in everything we do.

It doesn’t stop there though.

Not only does God have this general will for all of us to bring Him praise, but He really does have a specific calling and purpose for each of our lives!

God dreams big dreams for you and me!  He has skillfully created us with unique talents and abilities to carry out parts of His plan for this life.  He wants to use our unique experiences and our relationships as a tool to construct this beautiful masterpiece He is creating called Life.  A masterpiece that will someday reveal His glory in its fullness.

His Word says,

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10

And,

 “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.” Jeremiah 29:11

And,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

Before we were born, God knew us and had created a specific purpose for us!  Does this not inspire you?  If it doesn’t it should!

We, who are so unworthy to even be called His own, do not only get to be defined by Him, but we get to be a part of His great plan! 

The next few days we will be learning how to discover what the unique plan He has for our life is.  We will be looking at where we are going, in terms of occupation, goals and dreams, and how we are getting there.

We will seek to awaken the spirit of adventure within us and learn how to see beauty in our individual callings.

We’re going to learn to truly live life to the fullest.

My heart longs for you to understand something that I am passionate about more than anything else.

It’s that experiencing life with the living God should not be boring!  God really does make a difference and if you let Him, He will orchestrate the most beautiful, thrilling adventure of a life that you could ever imagine.

I hope you will continue to join me as we seek to Discover How God Makes a Difference with our Purpose!

 

Reflect and Respond

 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”  Ephesians 2:10

Have you ever struggled with the question of why you are here?  Have you ever felt like your life was meaningless or that you do not know what you have to offer to this world?  Write down how knowing that your life belongs to God changes how you have previously thought about your purpose.  Are you currently living a life that desires to glorify God in everything?

Take some time to journal your dreams and passions and pray about if God is calling you to a specific purpose with these.

This post is the fifth post in a 31 Day Series titled, Discovering How God Makes a Difference.  To read the rest of the posts in this series click here.  

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Want to get the most out of this series?  Try journaling through the challenge questions and daily verses!  Pray and ask the Lord to open your eyes to the ways He is seeking to transform your life. 

Feel like sharing how God is making a difference in your life today?  Let us know in the comments!  We can all learn from and be inspired by each other!

 

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “Day 5: Purpose – Why Are You Here?

  1. Beautiful truths to begin my day! Thank you! So many strive to fill a void that only God, through His Son, can fill. I appreciate your words of encouragement and truth here. So glad I followed you at Inspire Me Mondays! Blessings!

  2. What a beautiful, encouraging post, Heather. I work with students who have no purpose in their lives–and the results are devastating (their parents have no purpose either). It’s tough. Until they know Jesus, though, they don’t know their need for a purpose or how to gain purpose. So, it’s a waiting, watching, sowing and praying type of work. Thank you for linking up with Inspire Me Mondays! Hope to see you back next week :).

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