In a general sense, the purpose of life and why we’re here on earth, is to know and fellowship with our heavenly Father. God chose to create us so that we may enjoy Him. Before God created us, He knew sin would enter the world. He knew the great sacrifice necessary to restore us to Himself-the blood of His dear Son (John 3:16); yet He thought that we were worth it. It is God’s plan that we get to know Him, believe Him, and share His love with others (Matthew 28:19-20).
Beside the general purposes, there are also individual purposes. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” The prophets were individually called by God each for a specific purpose. Noah, Joseph, David, Paul and many others were used by God for great purposes. And first Corinthians 12:12-31 talks about the Church in terms of a body. Each member of the Church has a different purpose, just as each portion of the body is used for different things. Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 list several spiritual gifts a person might have to equip him for God’s purpose.
How can we discover God’s purpose for our life?
First: by simply praying to God to reveal His purpose to us “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you” (Matthew 7:7).
Second: by studing the Scriptures to hear what He is saying to us. God will not direct us to do something contrary to His character or His word. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Ps. 119:105).
Third: by examining His providence in our lives. “For a great door and effectual is opened to me” (1 Corinthians 16:9).
Fourth: by paying attention to our strengths and abilities that the Lord gives (1 Corinthians 12:9-11; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31).
Fifth: finally, by listening to the wisdom of experienced Christian people “Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established” (Proverbs 15:22; Proverbs 12:15) .
In His service,
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