Does my life have purpose?

Everyone, everywhere is looking for meaning and purpose in life. A man in China longs to know that his life matters, just like an African student who studies at an American university. No doubt that you also want to make a difference in the world and find lasting satisfaction and purpose.

Some young men and women believe they will find purpose and satisfaction by becoming a part of a group that will help them achieve their goals. Others feel that obtaining power, wealth, honor or popularity will help them find fulfillment.

Unfortunately, while many of our goals can be honorable, we can still feel empty and wonder “Isn’t there more to life?” even after we’ve achieved all that we thought would make us complete.

Jesus knew that achieving all of our goals is no guarantee for ultimate fulfillment when he
asked in Luke 9:25, “...what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?"

Finding purpose and meaning apart from God is impossible. Why? Because he created us. It’s like a designer knowing that a car is made for the road, or a bird for the trees. God knows your purpose because he made you.

Have you ever wondered what his purpose is for your life?

The highest and greatest purpose he has given us is found in Matthew 22:37, 39 when he said, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind’....A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself."

In this Scripture, God reveals that our greatest meaning and satisfaction is found in knowing and loving Him, and caring for others.

Paul, an early follower of Jesus, described this kind of love that comes from God in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:

“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance....Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love."

When we live a life of love for God and others, we please God and our love demonstrates His character to others.

But we have a problem because we don’t always love God and others the way God designed us to. Everyone can be self-centered at times. Therefore, we don’t fulfill the purpose we were created for.

Does that mean you have to live life without satisfaction and meaning?

Not at all.

God provided a way for you to become more and more like him and love the way he loves by knowing His Son, Jesus.

This can bring you the meaning and purpose you desire.