My Purpose, God's Purpose?

While there may be some people who don’t normally think about their purpose in this life there are many who have plans and believe they know what their purpose in life is.  Early on they have set their minds to accomplishing certain things which may or may not be simply for themselves, but sometimes because of family expectations.  How often do you think people as a rule think about what they were created for and yet if we are honest with ourselves we realize that we all were created with a particular purpose in this life by the God who gave us life.  Do you ever wonder how many of us actually fulfill the purpose for which we were created?

Even when we realize there is a purpose for our lives most of us will find that we can’t by ourselves accomplish that purpose.  We need help, but where can we go to find that help?  Unfortunately there are those who will live and die without ever finding fulfillment or understand that they were not created for their own desires.  It is fast becoming necessary that we seriously look at where we are in a schedule not made by ourselves, but created for us.  While we, as humans, have certain talents we often fail to thank our Creator for His part in who we are.  Maybe it’s time for us to get serious about pleasing the One who gave us our existence and who rewards us according to its fulfillment.

In the book of Ecclesiastes we find Solomon stating To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven  (3:1), but Vernon McGee in his commentary states that this viewpoint of taking life as it comes is fatalism.  Have we today fallen into the same trap?  If things can’t be changed, why fight it?  You will have to admit in today’s world we have enough strife without adding to it by attempting things that can go no where.  So what is the answer, what can we do?

Our answer is found in the book of Revelation where John tells us that when war is made with the Lamb the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings; and those who are with Him are called, chosen, and faithful (17:14).  That is good news and can make our hearts swell with the hope that is so often these days hard to come by.  You will have to admit that most of the news we hear and read about has a negative aspect.  It would seem that people are more interested in reading today’s dirt than it’s glory.  That seems to be what our newspapers fill our minds with and the TV finds that it’s viewers want to watch things having to do with violence of one kind or another.  How did we ever manage to fall so short of what our Creator intended?

Has joy and peace been discarded for filth and terror?  While it is true that many us try our best to be who we were created to be our world has continued to grow colder and darker as time passes.  Is there anyway to turn back our clocks, to return to the days we like to read about when people would help one another in times of strife, when smiles made people beautiful rather than constant trips to the beauty parlor?  To be honest there are still good times when people share with one another and love is enjoyed, but there are also many more incidences of evil because we have fled their presence rather than trying our best to change them.  Have we given up, deciding that change is not something we have any control over?

Let us challenge each other in these days to remember yesterday’s values and strive to put God’s Word to work in our world.

Crowns and thrones may perish, Kingdoms rise and wane,
But the Church of Jesus constant will remain;
Gates of hell can never ‘gainst that Church prevail;
We have Christ’s own promise and that cannot fail.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA