Feb1ThuFebruary 1, 2018One of the reasons life is devalued in today's culture is that many people value their own happiness and fulfillment over God's purposes for their lives.
The purpose of your life is far greater than personal fulfillment, peace of mind, or even happiness. It's far greater than our families, our careers, or even our wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you've been placed on this planet, you must begin with God. Each of us were born by his purpose and/or his purpose.
The search for the purpose of life has puzzled people for thousands of years. That's because we typically begin at the wrong starting point - ourselves. We ask self-centered questions like: What do J want to be? What should J do with my life? What are my goals, my ambitions, my dreams for my future? But focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life's purpose. The Bible says, "It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone 's life is in his power. " (Job 12: 10, TEV)
Contrary to what many popular books, movies, and seminars tell us, we won't discover life's meaning by looking within ourselves. We didn't create ourselves, so there is no way we can tell ourselves what we were created for! If I handed you an invention you had never seen before, you wouldn't know its purpose, and the invention itself wouldn't be able to tell you either. Only the creator -- or the owner's manual - could reveal its purpose.
Bertrand Russell, the famous English atheist once said, "Unless you assume a God, the question of life's purpose is meaningless." He was correct; if there is no God, then our lives really don't matter. We are just random accidents of nature, and neither our births, our lives, or our deaths have any meaning or value.
God, on the other hand, tells us that we are not accidents and that our lives have significance - because God had his reasons for creating us. The Bible says, "For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible ... everything got started in him and.finds its purpose in him. " (Colossians 1: 16, Msg)
To understand your life's purpose, you must begin with your Creator. You exist only because God wills that you exist. You were made by God and for God -- and until you understand that, life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny. Every other path leads to a dead end.
May your ears be open to hear, and your hearts be open receive as God works His purpose in you.