Does God have a purpose for you? ...

Does Your Life Have Meaning?

Sometimes this fast-paced world makes no sense at all and we wonder what it's all about. Have you ever asked yourself, "why was I born?"

Rory Ries: It can be very difficult trying to figure out why we exist and it can cause a person to feel hopeless at times. Some try to ignore the idea of having meaning in their life. They just go about their business as usual. Others believe we just come into existence and so be it - we live, and then we die.

But there is hope, and your life can have meaning. Everyone who has ever lived, and those now alive, and those yet to be born, will understand some day that there is a purpose for living and there is meaning to being alive.

Good News

What great news there is to share with the whole world. The good news is we can look to the great Creator and read what His word says. God created us for a purpose and He does offer us hope.

Let's start in the book of Genesis. The first two chapters talk about God creating the heavens and the earth. God is the source of all that exists. In each verse in chapter one, God sees that what He has created is good and Genesis 1:31 says, "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good."

We read how God created mankind in His own image and how man and woman were instructed to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:27-28). God also commanded Adam and Eve to eat from any tree other than the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (ch 1:15-17). But Adam and Eve did not obey God, and this world has suffered ever since (ch 3:6-19).

Is there any hope for us, today? With all the suffering and misery this world has to offer, can anyone really find lasting peace and fulfillment in their lives? There is an answer and a way to finding real peace and joy. There is hope and there is meaning.

Our great God is merciful and His compassion exceeds beyond what we can understand. God gave His only son to die for us (John 3:16). Why? So we can have an everlasting relationship with Jesus Christ and our Eternal Father. We can start to have a loving relationship with God today - we don't have to wait for Christ to return.

Walk the Talk

When we truly and sincerely repent, a change takes place. That change occurs when we come to see that this life has nothing eternal to offer. It is meaningless without God. Then we can cry out to God for help. He will lead us to repent of our sins.

Baptism into the Church, the Body of Christ follows. God gives us His Holy Spirit as a gift signified by the laying on of hands (Hebrews 6:1-3). We can then have an eternal loving relationship with God, our Father, and with our Savior, Jesus Christ.

As Christians we are to walk and talk with God every single day of our lives. Every day we are to become more like Him by welcoming Jesus Christ to live in us (Col. 1:27, Romans 12:1-2). The more we submit to God and get our "self" out of the way, the more we grow and develop as His children.

We can come to understand the whole picture. Our life's purpose is not just to become a doctor or a builder or a rocket scientist. We are to become God's perfect, loving and obedient children. We must serve God daily by living our lives in deep devotion and complete obedience to Him. In this way God is glorified and honored through us.

Divine Purpose

We are commanded to love our neighbors as much as ourselves. This outgoing concern, this practical service to others, is another way of bringing glory and honor to the great God we worship. When we do these two things, loving God and loving our neighbor, we experience the great peace and great joy that can only come from God dwelling in us as his loving and obedient children. (I John 4:12)

Our relationship with God and Jesus Christ has to take priority over everything in this life. By our example - in how we interact with God and how we interact with those around us - others may come to see that there is a light to follow in this dark and evil world.

Almighty God is begetting a Godly family in which we will be called Sons and Daughters of God (read Romans 8:14, 2 Corinthians 6:17-18, Hebrews 12:7-1 I). God is in the process of reproducing Himself! As Sons and Daughters of God, we have hope in receiving the great inheritance that God promises to those who love and obey Him (Revelation 21:6-7, 1 Corinthians 15:49-58).

Nothing in this life can bring such peace, such joy, and offer so much hope, other than a real relationship with God our Father and with Jesus Christ, our Elder Brother (Romans 8:18-21, Galatians 5:2224). Paul wrote how great it is to give everything up in this world to gain Christ (Philippians 3:7-11).

Your life can have meaning. There is hope, even in this sick and decaying world in which we live. Each of us has been created for a purpose. Our great Creator has a plan that is not going to fail. The good news is we have the opportunity to be a part of that plan! We can "inherit all things"!

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For PDF or mailed copy, see CGOM. Excerpt from New Horizons Volume 4 Issue 6, Novmber/December 2000 (Revised). Edited by James McBride of the Churches of God, United Kingdom.

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