One of the greatest existential questions asked of the human race today is the question, “What is the purpose of my life?” Somehow we know that we are alive (although some still wonder if they actually exist), but our reason for being alive and our reasons to continue living aren’t always obvious to us– So we ask. We ask the mirror. We ask our family. We ask our neighbors, our peers, our heroes, even our countries, and each answer is different. So how do we go about finding the answers to life’s questions?
“What is the purpose of my life?” is a question that within itself assumes at least three things:
1. There is such a thing as purpose.
2. This purpose can be discovered, revealed, and known.
3. Inherent in my being alive is a need, or at the very least, a desire for purpose.
[pur-puhs] Show IPA noun, verb, pur·posed, pur·pos·ing.
Starting with the first assumption, “there is such a thing as purpose”, You and I will have to conclude that purpose precedes existence. Existence occurs because of a reason. Something or Someone has “wanted” you into existence.
If your life and mine is merely an accident, or a series of random universal events, this question of purpose is a moot point. There is no reason to ask the question because there will be no purpose to be discovered. If you are a Naturalist, or an Atheist, your search has just concluded and your question has become invalid.
Let’s just say then, for the sake of this article, and for the sake of validating the question that there is purpose in life and that purpose was determined before you existed. Then it would behoove you and me to find out the source of purpose and existence. This is where all roads lead me to God, the Creator and Sustainer of all that is living, both seen and unseen.
The second assumption that purpose can be known and/or discovered can only be true if the author of your purpose can be known, or if He disclosed this knowledge to those of us existing and asking the questions. This is where many other world religions will drop you off. If the deity who knows all will not reveal himself/herself to you, or refuses to be known, or requires that you go through a series of re-births and live multiple lives to begin to know, you will have no determiners to know if your life is full of purpose and if you are living within its potential.
5 I am the Lord, and there is no other;
apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
though you have not acknowledged me,
6 so that from the rising of the sun
to the place of its setting
people may know there is none besides me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
The God who has revealed Himself as the One and only, as recorded in His scriptures, has also recorded for our reference His purposes and design for all of the lives He created. In Caught Up in a Story Pt.1, (Go ahead and read it now, if you haven’t already) we read How God sets up our story. Before the foundations of the world were laid, God had us on His mind. He thought about us and made a plan to create us, redeem us and bring us to Himself. He tells us the story of His love for us and how that loved motivated His every move. God still unfolds His story of love and purpose and will give answers and help to anyone who calls out to Him.
The fact that you exist, means that you were purposed. You are not here just because the DNA of two human’s fused together. You are here because God caused you into existence. God wanted and desired you. Listen, He didn’t have to make you. He didn’t have to bring you into existence in this point of history with your features and abilities, but He wanted to!
The third assumption is that “inherent in my life is the need to know my purpose”. This is true. The fact that you are asking the question is its own proof of relevance. Even more than the importance of knowing your purpose is the absolute need within you to know your Creator. You were created in the image of God which means that you have a direct connection with your Creator that you need to live a life of meaning and fulfillment. You were made to reflect His character. You were made to be in relationship with Him.
Without God there is no meaning. Without God there is no purpose. Without God there is no way to discover answers to any question existential or otherwise, because without Him, nothing would be revealed.
12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
You are here in this point in history, with unique abilities, features, and character. You have a purpose and a reason to exist. You have a God who can be known to walk you through every step of your life. Won’t you call on Him today?