To What do we answer? Wow! This could go/get deep quick! What is life? God reveals through the author of Genesis that He created some things with nephesh. This is the Hebrew word usually translated living being in Genesis but also as life, soul or with breath. Things created with nephesh are some animals and humans.
Our question (become a norm!) Why are you? What/where???
So, what does living ‘righteously’ mean? Which is why we started form the definition of ‘life’. Where do we go after this finite ‘season’? Is there any individual 150 years of age or above? What is the quality of life then at that advanced ‘age’?
Again, we are faced with fact. What next? If we follow evolution stating that Man originated…
We could get so lost in the definition of life! My question, “Where to next?” Is the world (This Earth) forever? What is ‘time’? In the Old Testament, time is viewed as prophetic and looks forward to the Kingdom of Heaven being restored by the coming of the Messiah (kingdom coming). In the New Testament, time is viewed as apocalyptic (kingdom initiated by Jesus, but not fully realized until His Parousia at the eschaton—the end of all things). So, here we go again! The end? Of what??? What was the beginning? No matter what/where your mindset is, there was a beginning!
The Big Bang theory says that the universe came into being from a single, unimaginably hot and dense point (aka, a singularity) more than 13 billion years ago. It didn’t occur in an already existing space. Rather, it initiated the expansion—and cooling—of space itself. This startling idea first appeared in scientific form in 1931, in a paper by Georges Lemaître, a Belgian cosmologist and Catholic priest. The theory, accepted by nearly all astronomers today, was a radical departure from scientific orthodoxy in the 1930s.
What evidence is there to support the Big Bang theory? Two major scientific discoveries provide strong support for the Big Bang theory: • Hubble’s discovery in the 1920s of a relationship between a galaxy’s distance from Earth and its speed; and • the discovery in the 1960s of cosmic microwave background radiation.
Many religious persons, including many scientists, hold that God created the universe and the various processes driving physical and biological evolution and that these processes then resulted in the creation of galaxies, our solar system, and life on Earth.
We have touched on ‘life’ origins. Life is temporal; so how do we live ‘right’?
So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.
What is Our Purpose on Earth According to the Bible?
Many of us have moments where we ask ourselves, “What is my purpose? What am I here for?”
Finding your purpose means finding what motivates you – what makes you excited to wake up each day. Your purpose goes far beyond your job, your role as mom or dad, as a leader, or a creative. You may find meaningful fulfillment in all these things, but what is your true purpose according to the bible?
When we try to identify our purpose, many of us look to the unique gifts, passions, and abilities God has given us.
In Psalm 139:13-14, David praises God “You made all the delicate inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it.”
God purposefully created us to have unique gifts – he didn’t design us to be all the same!
Our Abilities Don’t Equal Our Purpose
While these gifts are a true blessing from God, they aren’t our purpose.
Those talents, abilities, and passions are tools for fulfilling God’s purpose on earth. We first need to understand God’s purpose to understand our unique purpose as individuals.
God created earth because he wanted to share his love, grace, and kindness with us. When Adam and Eve sinned against God in Genesis 3, it formed a fracture in our relationship with him. God loves us so much and wants our relationship with him to be restored more than anything else. That restoration comes with us admitting our faults to God and receiving his forgiveness (Isaiah 12:2). God wants this for everyone.
So Where Does that Leave Us?
Jesus explains our purpose simply in Matthew 22:36-40 when he says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Our purpose is to have a restored relationship with God, then love others the same way God loves them so they too can have a restored relationship with him.
Jesus continues, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Our purpose on Earth is to Love God, then show the same Love He offers us to others so they can come to know Him. God wants us to lead others to Him through our Love for them!
If you’re interested in other content about purpose, check out:
- How Can You Find Your Purpose?
- 4 Ways to Encourage Your Kids to Live in Their Purpose
- Singleness and Seeking Your Purpose
When we give cheerfully, whether to the church or to the poor and needy, God delights in our compassion. But when we give only out of a sense of routine or obligation and fail to heed God elsewhere in our lives, our gifts are meaningless to Him. It is the heart of the giver that gives value to the gift, and a heart aligned toward God is first and foremost a heart of obedience.
And we pray:
Lord, I confess that I have not always heeded Your commands. At times my giving has been motivated by appearances or guilt, and not by a desire to serve You. Help me to walk more closely with You, so that my gifts may always be a celebration of Your Love, and use my gifts to bring glory to Your name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.