Washington Irving stated that “Great Minds have purposes, others have wishes.”
My question is this; What should be a person’s greatest purpose in life?
I believe we can find the answer in the bible. The Old Testament prophet said these words.
Jeremiah 9:23-24 ISV
(23) This is what the LORD says: “The wise man is not to boast in his wisdom; the strong man is not to boast in his strength; and the rich man is not to boast in his riches.
(24) Rather, let the one who boasts, boast in this: that he understands and knows me, for I am the LORD who acts with gracious love, justice, and righteousness in the land. I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.
A poll was taken not long ago that asked Americans what they thought was their main purpose in life. The responses were interesting. You would think that some would maybe say, “To make a contribution to society” or “To have a meaningful life.” But what most people said was, “The main purpose of life is enjoyment and personal fulfillment.” It’s interesting to note that 50 percent of those polled identified themselves as born-again Christians.
According to the Bible, the purpose of life is not enjoyment and personal fulfillment. The Bible teaches that we are put on this earth to bring glory to God. We need to mark that well in our minds and hearts.
Speaking in Isaiah 43:7, God said, “Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”
Therefore, we are to glorify God in all that we do with our lives.
Are you using your resources and talents for His glory?
Sometimes we think that God has given us this life to do with it what we will. We will say, “Lord, this is mine. This is my week. Here is your time on Sunday morning. The rest of it belongs to me.” Or, “Here is the plan for my life, Lord. Here is what I want to accomplish.” Or, “This is my money. Here is your 10 percent, Lord. I give a waitress more, but 10 percent is all you get.”
The fact is that it’s possible to have a saved soul but a wasted life. If you were asked today, “What is the main purpose of life?” what would you say?
If you ask God that question and keep on asking Him every morning of your life, He will lead you into His purpose . . . which is the best place you could ever be.
Psalms 24:1-10 ESV
(1) A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
(2) For he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
(3) Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?
(4) He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
(5) He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
(6) Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah.
(7) Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors that the King of glory may come in.
(8) Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle!
(9) Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors that the King of glory may come in.
(10) Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah.
May your life be filled with God’s perfect purpose. It’s the best life anyone could choose to live.