There is a question all of us start asking ourselves around the age of twelve and many people never come up with an answer. That question is, “Why am I here?”
For many people, God is not part of their lives, or at best, an afterthought. Living in this manner makes knowing your purpose impossible.
God is the Creator and being the Creator, He has a purpose for His creation. Therefore, since we are all created beings, we all have a purpose.
A carpenter makes three chairs. He has a plan for each chair. All three chairs have a general purpose, to sit in and provide some comfort. Each chair also has an individual particular purpose. Chair number one will have a price tag placed on it and placed on the showroom floor. The specific aim of this chair is to make a profit. The second chair is a gift to the carpenter’s mother. Chair number two is created to satisfy the needs of a particular person. The Carpenter plans to take the last chair home and enjoy it himself. The purpose of chair number three is to be useful for its maker. Humans are just like these chairs, we all share a general purpose(s) and we each have a particular purpose in the eyes of our Maker.
When it comes to God’s general purpose for mankind, I’ve heard people say, “The purpose of humanity is to give glory to God.” Frankly, I don’t quite understand what that means. If a person stands on street corner and yells, “To God be the glory!” at the top of his lungs has he fulfilled his purpose in life?
God created the human race perfect but soon after we became defective; Adam sinned (Genesis 1-3). God, knowing what would occur had a plan. God would send His Only Begotten Son to this world to shed His blood as the sacrifice for our sins (John 3:16; Isaiah 53:4-5; Galatians 3:13; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Titus 2:14; Revelation 1:5).
The blood of God’s Son fixes the brokenness of God’s creation. “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:1-9).
The problem with God’s creation is not God. The problem is that most of mankind has not allowed God to fix them. This situation can be compared to when a car manufacturer has a recall. There is a problem that can be fixed if the owner brings the vehicle to the dealership. There is a problem with us (sin) and our Maker has provided a fix (the blood shed by His Son). All we have to do is come in and have the problem fixed (place our faith in Christ). If we do not act on the letter sent to us by the car company, our car remains defective.
Until your problem is fixed, by placing faith in Christ, it is impossible to fulfill the purpose the Creator has for you. In describing our condition before salvation God uses words like, “aliens,” “strangers,” “having no hope,” and “without God” (Ephesians 2:12).
Once we receive salvation through faith, we can know and accomplish what God has planned for us and have a life of meaning (Ephesians 2:8-10).
God does have an end game and expectations for you in His grand plan. “For surely there is an end; and thine expectation shall not be cut off” (Proverbs 23:18).
“Why am I here?” You’ll never be able to answer that question correctly without answering God’s recall letter and accepting His Son by faith.