Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Why Do I Exist?

Ponder This: “Mankind's role is to fulfill his heaven-sent purpose through a sincere heart that is in harmony with all creation and loves all things.” --Morihei Ueshiba
"For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible. . . everything got started in God and finds its purpose in him" (Colossians 1:16 MSG).
Do you ever think about and wonder how much value you are to God and to others around you? I suppose it is a common human trait to want our lives to amount to something -- to have value -- to make a difference. We like to think the world is a better place because we are alive. However, sometimes we become convinced that we are relatively insignificant and really aren't very important in God's grand scheme of things. Many people suffer from feelings of low self-worth which can bring on depression, anxiety, and hopelessness.
The truth is, you were made by God and for God. Until you understand this, life will never make sense. You may have heard the old saying, "necessity is the mother of invention." In other words, the purpose of an invention/creation of anything is preceded by a need or purpose to be fulfilled by that creation. In the same way that you may have made something to fulfill a purpose, God has a purpose for your life to fulfill a need/desire in his heart. You and I are here on earth because God has a purpose for our lives.
Some time ago, I preached a message on this subject. I began by holding up a strange looking and ancient contraption and asked the congregation if anyone could tell me the purpose of the gadget. Some tried, but most were not sure. I made the point -- if you really want to know the purpose of a gadget, or your life, ask the one who made it. . . . God made you, so look to his Word for the answer to the question, "what is my purpose in life?"
It doesn't matter what your age is, if you have not come to terms with your purpose in life, it's not too late to discover God's plan for you. Through prayer, study of God's Word, and input from others you can find purpose. Once you have a sense of purpose, it will surprise you how God will speak to you about how you can fulfill that purpose. He will provide you opportunity to accomplish his purpose for your life. You are unique, one-of-a-kind, and God has a purpose for you uniquely suited to your spiritual gifts, abilities, and personality. A sense of purpose will add peace, contentment, and give clarity to God's call on your life.
"A man (or woman) without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder--a waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and, having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you." --Thomas Carlyle
Love, Jerry & Dotse


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