July 26, 2012

How Do I Find My Purpose in Life?

That is one of the most important questions I think anyone can ask.  It goes right to the heart of why we are here and what we are to do.  When we discover our purpose we have a reason to get out of bed, life becomes meaningful and we can handle the pressures and problems that will inevitably come our way.  The Bible says we were made by God and for God.  In Revelation 4:11 (KJV) the Bible says, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”  Think of that for a moment – you were created by God and for His pleasure!  How awesome is that?  It pleased God to make you and your greatest purpose is in knowing and pleasing Him!  How is that possible?  Ephesians 2:8-10 (NLT) says, God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 9 Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” 

You are not an accident.  You may not have been planned by your parents but God planned you long before you were even born and He has plans for you that are good, plans not to harm you but to give you a hope and a future according to Jeremiah 29:11.  Discovering your purpose in life and living a purpose-driven life come out of your personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Through Christ we have purpose, meaning and value.  Our lives matter and make an eternal difference as we serve Him.  When I received Jesus as my personal Savior from sin and committed my life to Christ, to follow Him, my life found purpose, not so much in what I did as in who I was as a child of God.  I knew that my sins were forgiven, that Christ had died to forgive me and rose to live within me so that I may share that quality of life here and now that I will share with Him forever in heaven!

You can find purpose in your life too!  I encourage you to do what I did.  Simply, in child-like faith, say to God, “As much as I know how I want to give you my life.  I believe that you gave your son, Jesus Christ to die for my sins and that He rose again.  I ask you to forgive me of my sins and come into my life.  Thank you for saving me.  Help me to be the Christian I have now become as I follow you everyday.”  If you mean that with all your heart, the Bible says that you have been saved.  Romans 10:9-10 (NLT) If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.”  This promise is not just for a few religious people.  A few verses later it says in Romans 10:13 (NLT) For Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 

All you have to do is call!  How simple is that?  I hope you have made that call.  If not, you can right now.  No matter where you are, what you have done, God is able and willing to listen.  He is waiting for you to call.  When you do, you will discover your purpose in your relationship with Christ.


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