“You [God] have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You” – St Augustine
USA Today conducted a survey that asked people an interesting question: What would you ask God or some other supreme being if you could ask one question? After the results were in, the number one question people would ask is: what is my purpose in life? The results are both predictable and thought provoking. Most of us have thought about what our purpose is at one time or another. As Socrates said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.”
Each of us must wrestle with this question because we are always looking to someone or something for life. By “life,” I mean more than just our physical existence; I mean that which brings vitality to our spirit. The truth? The resounding message of the Bible says “Jesus is Life.”
Jesus gives an open invitation to come to Him as the source of satisfying, overflowing, eternal life. “Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.” (Ephesians 2:1). When we turn to Jesus, we experience life according to His original design: a life lived in fellowship with God. Intimacy with the Father, Son, and Spirit is the essence of abundant life: “And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.” (John 17:3). And life is abundant, not because of material prosperity or minimal suffering, but because we have been reconciled to God.
Here’s the problem: While we are free to enjoy the blessings of life, we must keep them from becoming the center of our life. Each day, we are bombarded by messages telling us that life is found everywhere except in Jesus. We are all searching for life, and there are only two places to look. You can look to the Creator for life or you can search for life in what He created.
The meaning of life, according to the Christian faith, is ultimately found in Jesus Christ. In Him, the questions about identity, origin, meaning, purpose, and destiny are answered with profound hope. We are the beloved children of God, created by our Heavenly Father to reflect His glory, walk in His love, and do His will in our lives.
Life on earth is a journey of our transformation to become more like Jesus, who has delivered us from evil, sin, and death, until the glorious day when we spend eternity with Him.
Take a hard look at your thoughts, the motivations of your heart, and how you spend your time and resources. Follow the trail and it will reveal the truth of what life really is to you. Is it the Creator or His creation?
- What does living for God mean to you?
- How does living for God change our daily lives?