USA Today recently asked the following question through a survey: "If you had the opportunity to get a direct and clear response from God, what one question would you ask Him?"
As a result, the greatest question asked by almost half of the respondents was "Why am I here on earth?"
Getting to know the meaning, purpose and reason of your life is becoming more and more complicated.
I am convinced that the vast majority of people on this planet are looking for purpose and meaning in life, but never actually found it.
People do not even go to the chair where they have to sit. You were just sitting there because the chair was there. Nobody asks why the chair was there. You do not ask where to move the chair. You have not found a reason to move it. But I hope today that you can move your world and move the chair that will change your life.
To do that, today we must be able to answer three of life's greatest questions.
After you correctly answer these three questions, you can discover the purpose of your life.
I. First, there is a question about why to be: "Why am I alive?"
This is not really a new question. It was a question that was raised thousands of years ago.
Long ago Jeremiah said,
“Wherefore came I forth out of the womb to see labour and sorrow, that my days should be consumed with shame?” (Jeremiah 20:18)
Why was I born? Why do I have to live my life without ending myself in trouble?
This one question has annoyed philosophers for thousands of years.
Even Shakespeare had to ask it this way, "To be or not to be, that is the question."
The saddest thing in this world is a life that never understands the goal of life.
Some people look for bookstores to discover the purpose of life, but they will only find hundreds of books to read.
The survivalist will tell you. "The purpose of life is just to survive."
The hedonists would say "the purpose of life is pleasure.”
“Life is just one big party. Enjoy it while you are here.”
The materialists will also praise hedonism. "Life is about getting, buying, acquiring."
But the problem is that all these people eventually die.
Basically they all say the same thing. “Do not give up, believe that you can achieve your goals, grow your dreams, increase your goals, and achieve them.”
If you can do a lot of things these books tell you, you will succeed in life according to the definitions of these books.
But success is a different way of knowing your purpose in life.
You can be very successful in your life right now. But you still do not know. "What have you come here for?"
I can assure you.
You are made by God.
You are made for God.
You are here for His purpose.
Until you understand it, there is no meaning in your life.
Proverbs 16: 4 says "The LORD hath made all things for himself."
This tells you two things.
God created you.
God wants to reveal His purpose to you and fulfill it.
In Ephesians 1: 4, "According as he hath chosen us in before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love."
You have been created to be loved by God. God wants to focus his love for you like a laser beam.
Always remember this.
1) "Why am I on this planet?"
2) "I was created to be loved by God on this earth."
II. Question about Significance: "How important is my life?"
No meaning, it was a question long before the prophet Isaiah.
He confessed. "I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for naught, and in vain."
A prophet like Isaiah also thought that his life had no meaning, no purpose, no importance.
During World War II, there were detainees in a Nazi concentration camp in Hungary, who had a processing human sewage in a factory. Soon after, the allies defeated the Germans and occupied them. Then he blew up the factory and blew it off. So the prisoners suddenly have nothing to do. The soldiers had the prisoners bring all the debris of the factory to another factory. Day after day they carried a heap of stones. Every day they repeated things that were meaningless and purposeless.
And strange things began to happen. The prisoners began to go crazy. They did not have a question about significance and soon they began to lose their will to live. Many prisoners started throwing themselves in front of the guards trying to get shot in. It was mass suicide.
How about you? It is human. Without meaning and purpose, the will of life dies.
In general, you will live a life in one of three stages.
Most people stay at the first step. It is the lowest level of survival. It is the stage where most people live today. They are just passing through this life. They just exist. They die from work to work, from home to home, getting paid, enjoying weekends and holidays without trying to find their own purpose.
If you step up from it, there is the second step. It is a successful level. This is probably where most of us are currently residing. Most of us live comfortably on the standard that Americans think. Compared to the rest of the world, we are very wealthy. We have a fortune. We have freedom. We can go as we choose.
However, with the success of enjoying enough liberty, you are not really fulfilled. You have not yet reached true satisfaction and fulfillment.
The level we really need to reach is the third step. It can be said that it is the highest level of life. If you understand the following three things, you have reached this level.
1. You are a very important person to God.
2. You can change the lives of others.
3. You are essentially different from others' lives by finding God's purpose in your life and fulfilling it.
There are important passages confirming that you are a very important person to God.
“Thus says the LORD who made you And formed you from the womb, who will help you.” (Psalm 44:2)
The Lord spoke to Isaiah. "I am your Creator. You were in my care before you were born."
Before you came to this world, God was caring for you. You are God's top priority every day.
Listen to these verses.
“And in Thy book they were all written, The days that were ordained [for me], When as yet there was not one of them.” (Psalm 139: 16)
Do you believe? God takes you so precious.
He wants you not only to have meaningful life on this planet, but you also want to have the purpose of all eternal life.
God's purpose is eternal. When you die, your heart stops beating, and the lungs stop breathing.
But that is not your end. Your body only existed for a short time. You have been created as an eternal being.
Psalm 33:11 says:
"The plans of his heart from generation to generation."
"His purpose will last forever"
I hope you will think about this. You will spend much more time in Heaven than in the life of the flesh. In this land, you can hardly live for at least 70, 80, 90, and perhaps 100 years, but you will live an endless life in heaven. You have been made for eternity from the beginning, and the life of this earth is now just a preparation for eternity.
III. Relevance: "What is my purpose?"
In Psalm 89: 47, David confessed:
"Remember what my span of life is; For what vanity Thou hast made all the sons of men!" (Psalm 89:47)
Bertrand Russell, the greatest atheistic philosopher of the twentieth century, understood this question and replied:
"Unless you assume the existence of God, the question of life is meaning and purpose is totally irrelevant."
That is correct. That is absolutely true.
So the only way you can know the purpose of your life is one of the following:
A) talk to the one created it or build it.
b) read the owner's manual.
The good news here is that you can talk to the person who created your life.
He also gave you an owner's manual that shows you what your life's purpose is.
Proverbs 9:10 makes this clear.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” (Proverbs)
You discover the purpose of your life by knowing God.
The important text is today in Colossians 1:16.
“For by Him all things were created, [both] in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible… by Him and for Him.” (Colossians 1:16)
And in Ephesians 1, I say:
“also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will.”
Everything is hidden in Christ, who we are and what we live in.
If you are created for the purpose of God and want to know its purpose, the only way is to know Him. The more you know God, the more you will understand different parts of your life.
Some may not have much interest in God or may be unbelievers.
Some may be believers, but they are away from God.
Some are strong believers and are in a state of knowing God more deeply.
But listen to this last verse no matter what level you are in.
“And opening his mouth, Peter said: "I most certainly understand [ now] that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right, is welcome to Him.” (Acts 10: 34-35)
The door is always open if you want to get close to God and keep your mind open to him.
It is never too late to start a life that is rooted in true purpose.
When John Sculley, CEO of PepsiCo, asked Steve Jobs, who founded Apple, “why he wants to start a reckless business”, Jobs replied:
"Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?"
Sculley was CEO of PepsiCo from 1970 to 1993. Sculley earned the highest income in Silicon Valley in 1987 with an annual salary of $ 2.2 million.
But as he stepped out of the good position and got in touch with Steve Jobs, and Apple's sales grew from under $ 800 million to $ 8 billion under Sculley's management.
Now I ask you.
Do you want to live as usual and go this way?
Or do you want to live a changed life that can change the lives of others?
You can do it when you find your purpose through your personal relationship with God. And you can start to live a life of true purpose.