What Is My Purpose?
By Pastor J.D. Link
Rev 5:11-12 says, “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.” This is a picture of eternity. The church in heaven (vs. 9) is praising God in a loud voice and declaring That He alone is worthy of all praise and honor and glory. Why? Because that is our purpose – our reason for being. Let’s get into God’s Word.
Perhaps at some point in your life you have asked yourself, “What is my purpose? Why am I here? Why do I exist? Why was I born?”. I believe most people ask this. However, I also believe most people never find the answer. This is sad, because the answer is plainly stated in the pages of Scripture. You might think it would be in Genesis one, but not completely. It’s actually more clearly stated in Revelation four. Gen. 1 does tell us that we were created to have dominion and rule over all of creation; and to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. However, that still does not really sum up why we were created.
In Revelation 4:11, we find this out. It reads, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” There you have it. For the pleasure (purpose, desire, & choice) of God, you were created. You were formed, made, and created for God’s glory (Isa 43:7). What an awesome thought! Let’s look at some powerful Scriptures that explain this.
Eph 1:11-12 says, “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory…”. The Christian was predetermined by God’s own purpose and will, to bring God glory. That is our reason for existing. In 1Co 6:19-20 it says, “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” We are God’s property, therefore we should glorify Him in our body and spirit. He is worthy of nothing less.
1Co 10:31 says, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”. The Christian is made to bring glory to God in all he or she does. God ordained, before the world began, that we should walk in good works (Eph 2:10). The Father is glorified when we bring forth good fruit. This shows we are His disciples (Jn 15:8).
Child of God, God called you and saved you according to his own purpose and grace (2Tim 1:9). Your job – your reason for being – is to yield to His will, praise Him, honor Him, glorify Him, obey Him, and serve Him. You see, all things are of God, through God, and should be to God (Rom 11:36). Why are we a chosen generation? A royal priesthood? A holy nation? A peculiar people? For this reason: to show forth the praises of God (1Pt 2:9).
Let us speak the things of God, and serve with God’s ability; that God may be glorified in all things (1Pt 4:11). The sum of the whole matter is this: fear God, and keep His commandments – for this is all of man (Ecc. 12:13-14). You will stand before God on judgment day, and give an account of your life. If you do not live to glorify God, you do not know the reason for living. The whole duty of man is to glorify God now and forever.
1Ti 1:17 says, ‘Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” This is our purpose hymn. You are no accident. God knew you before the universe was created. He called and ordained you to reflect His glory. He loves you so much, He forever wants to show the exceeding riches of His grace and kindness towards you through Jesus Christ our Lord (Eph 2:7). To bring glory to God – the purpose of our existence. Selah.