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What is God's purpose for my life?


Thank you for your question about your life's purpose. The bible begins with the book of Genesis telling us how God created everything by the power of His Word. Everything He created He describes as being good. Man is the last of God’s created beings, and Man is made in God’s own image, and then God declares everything to be very good. Man is told by God what his role is to be in Genesis 1:28-30.

Man is to be fruitful and multiply, and to have dominion over the rest of God’s creation on Earth. God provided all that Man needed for a fruitful life. After this God declared everything He had made to be very good, and then He rested. Genesis 2:15 tells us that God put Man in the Garden of Eden to work it and keep it. Man was free to enjoy all the fruit of God’s good creation, except for the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Genesis 2:16-17)

So this was Man’s original purpose, to live in harmony in a loving relationship with God under His good providence and to tend to His creation, and, for Man’s own good, to obey God’s commandment.

God summarises the purpose of Man in Isaiah 43:7: "everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made". All of us are here to give glory to God. This is still the fundamental and primary purpose of each of us. He is our perfect, holy creator, and we are created for His glory. People in the past have said that the 'chief end [the most important part of our life] of man is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever'.

We give glory to God by doing what he wills. Genesis 3 tells us how Man first failed in his role, because Adam and Eve chose to believe the lies of satan in the form of the serpent, and disobeyed God and ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Sin then entered the human race and it continues to corrupt and affect everyone born of Man. Jesus was and is the only exception. God is His Holy Father, and He was the only one able to live a perfectly obedient and sinless life. He was the only one who fulfilled all of God's purpose in his earthly life.

The rest of us are born in sin, and are naturally inclined to be opposed to God and to His will for us, and therefore alone in our natural state we cannot fulfil the purposes God has for us. It is only by fully believing in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, and by being born again as a true Christian and being indwelt by the Holy Spirit that we can begin to overcome our naturally sinful state. It is only then through God's power in the form of His Holy Spirit that we can become more than conquerors. The book of Romans tell us all about this, and chapters 8 and 12 are particularly relevant.

Our hearts and minds must undergo a radical transformation in order that we can start to fulfil the purpose for our lives.

When Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment, he replies

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself" (Matthew 22:37-39)

To fulfil the purpose for your life you must ask for God's help and believe that He will help you, and then live your life with God at the centre of all that you do. Jesus was and is the perfect role model for all of us. We can succeed in this by making God the greatest treasure in our life, and by living in pursuit of and for that treasure. God tells us to

"Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm 37:4)

To do this we must get to know Him better, and this is best done by spending time in prayer with Him and by studying and contemplating His Word every day, and by surrendering our lives to Him fully. The more we get to know Him the better we can understand Him and the more we will love Him as we learn how He has loved us so greatly first of all. If you can make this the goal of your life then your purpose will be fulfilled.

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