There is a lingering question that can capture and confuse part of the life journey experience for many people. It is a question that has led to articles and books that have gone into great detail in a valiant attempt to shine a light on the answer.
Pastors, motivational speakers, psychologists, philosophers, etc., have carved out their opinion on the answer. It has become one of the most popular modern-day topics and usually initiates meditation and soul-searching.
You enter into another dimension of thought when you ask, “What is my purpose for being here?” Or phrased another way, “What do I contribute by my existence?” Even the formal definition of purpose assumes we were created and exist in this three-dimensional world for a reason.
Some of the most popular books on the topic offer tools to get you started on your expedition to find your purpose. Although I believe many of these tools are helpful, I am confident the answer to purpose is found in my go-to book, the Bible, where I always find answers to what seem like unanswerable questions.
To enjoy your purpose, you must begin with one unalterable premise. Without this, your quest will result in little if any success. Belief and faith in God are essential because rewards follow belief. (Hebrews 11:6) If you have this belief, then you will know that you are not an amoeba or the product of a cosmic collision. You were created by God, fearfully and wonderfully made in His image. (Genesis 1:27; Psalm 139:14)
Since God created us, then we know we will be able to carry out the actions He designed for us. (Psalm 37:23) Some of the most negative and evil circumstances we may face can be used by God for good. For example:
Even when we take missteps on our life road map or make bad choices, we can seek help to find our way back on the right road toward our purpose through humility and seeking forgiveness. Hell cannot stop us from completing the purpose God has designed for each of us if we have faith to believe in His eternal love, mercy, and grace.
God did not hiccup in His creation of you. Your heart, mind, talents, abilities, and personality, were all designed to accomplish your purpose in this chaotic world.
The upshot of all of this is that purpose is not static. It is active and alive in you every day. You are fulfilling your purpose when you allow the Lord to guide you in all that you do. Believe in God, listen to your heart and you will not become haunted by: “What is my purpose in life?” You already know the answer. (Romans 8:28)