People long for purpose. We hunger to know why we exist. It is engrained into our very nature. Almost everyone can reflect back to some point in their life where they spent hours, days, weeks, or even months consumed by the question of “What is my purpose?” Perhaps some of you who are reading this blog are sadly still asking this question. Perhaps you find yourself bouncing from one job to the next, one relationship to the next, one school to the next, one hobby to the next attempting to find that perfect fit. However, to your disappointment, each well that you drink from leaves you forever thirsty.
First, I believe it is good to long for purpose. This longing for purpose is not a sinful desire. Don’t get me wrong, the longing may manifest itself in sinful behavior, but the desire to know what you are created for is a good longing. It is a right longing, because the truth is that you were, in fact, made for a very specific purpose, a fulfilling purpose, a blessed purpose.
All things that are created have a purpose. When you write an email, you write it for a purpose. When you make supper, you make it for a purpose. The maker has a goal in mind when he makes. This is true for everything. It is true for us and it is true for God. God is the maker of all things. He is the beginning. He is the first cause of all effects. When he made the Universe, there was a purpose in His mind. Creation was not without purpose. You are not without purpose.
Having said that, where do we look to find this purpose? First, we look at God’s Word. God does not hide the ball from us regarding our purpose. He reveals His Will to us through His Word. So what does His Word say? Ephesians 1:9 tells us that God puts forth his purpose in Christ. That means if we look to Christ we will find our purpose. Or to put it another way, if you drink from the well of Jesus Christ, you will not leave thirsty. You will be satisfied. Our purpose in life is to drink from the fountain of Jesus Christ.
So what does Christ have to offer? He offers redemption, forgiveness, and lavished riches of His grace. This is the mystery of God’s will for your life, to receive the gifts of God through Christ. The purpose of your life is not to earn anything, it is to receive everything. This is why Christ proclaims, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).
If you are tired of chasing false purposes, lay down your burdens at the foot of the cross and receive the Grace of Christ that is waiting for you.