It’s a question the majority of us will ask at least once in our life…”why am I here?” If you’re like me, you’ve asked yourself this question while experiencing difficulty in life. It’s not uncommon to wrestle with questioning our existence, the direction we believe our God is leading us and the purpose behind our existence. An easy answer to this query would be to simply say, “I have been created by God to serve Him.” While this is true, it doesn’t address the specifics of what we need to be focusing on day by day. Our purpose in life is better defined when we align our priorities with God’s priorities. Each and every one of us as Christians have been called by God. We have a ‘general’ purpose as well as a ‘specific’ purpose. Our general purpose after being called by God is to be a disciple of his and to promote discipleship among our fellow brothers & sisters. Another common purpose we all share is to preach the Gospel. You may believe it’s the preacher’s purpose to cover this particular area, but I can assure you, the Great Commission was given to all of us! Each one of us as God’s people share the task of presenting the Gospel to a lost and dying world. Yet another purpose given to us by God is the call to love each other. It sounds simple, but can truly being difficult to accomplish from time to time! The love we share with each other needs to be in deed and not merely in word. Jesus reminds us in John 13: 35, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” There are those who mistakenly believe that there’s a specific formula to follow which will help them determine their specific purpose in life. Sorry to bust your bubble, but it doesn’t exist. So what are we to do when seeking our purpose in life? Our purpose in life will be determined as we’re living out the calling we’ve received from God to be a faithful disciple of Christ Jesus and to disciple others. I can promise you: if you can align your priorities with God’s priorities, the specific call He has for you will become much clearer!
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.