What Is Your Purpose In Life?

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” MARK 12:30

Mine deep enough in every heart and you’ll find it: a longing for meaning, a quest for purpose. As surely as a child breathes, he will someday wonder, “What is the purpose of my life?”

Some search for meaning in a career. “My purpose is to be a dentist.” Fine vocation but hardly a justification for existence. They opt to be a human “doing” rather than a human “being.” Who they are is what they do; consequently they do a lot. They work many hours because if they don’t work, they don’t have an identity.

For others, who they are is what they have. They find meaning in a new car or a new house or new clothes. These people are great for the economy and rough on the budget because they are always seeking meaning in something they own … Some try sports, entertainment, cults, sex, you name it.

All mirages in the desert of purpose …

Shouldn’t we face the truth? If we don’t acknowledge God, we are flotsam in the universe.

from IN THE GRIP OF GRACE

Christian Meditation Brings Blessings

Nehemiah 1:4-7

Our time spent with the Lord has a dramatic impact on our daily life. When we set aside periods to meditate upon His Word and listen to what He’s telling us, we’ll start to notice both subtle and dramatic changes taking place.

First, we’ll begin to gain a godly perspective. Certainly the apostle Paul was mindful of this; he actively prayed for himself and others to have the Lord’s outlook (Eph. 1:16-19). When we start to see with enlightened eyes, the world—along with its joy and pain—becomes much clearer, as does our understanding of how to deal with circumstances.

Second, spending time with God causes the pressures of life to dissipate. Jesus warned His disciples that they would face trouble in this world (just as all of us will), but He assured them that they had no real reason to be afraid. Why fear a foe that Christ has already conquered (John 16:33)?

Third, meditation brings peace. In this troubled world, we frequently find ourselves in need of a tranquil heart, which can be attained only through Jesus (John 14:27). Paul tells us that the world is not even capable of understanding God’s peace (Phil. 4:7), let alone able to offer us any kind of authentic serenity.

While a desire for personal reward should not be our only reason for spending time with the Lord, there are indeed wonderful blessings in store for those who meditate on His Word. Tomorrow we will consider more of the rewards that await believers who dwell on the Scriptures.

Good, Very Good, and Not Good

“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31)

Six times during the creation week, God saw His handiwork and pronounced it “good” (Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25). Finally, when it was all finished, He surveyed all He had just completed and judged it all to be very good!

That is the way with God. And if He can make a flawless universe, we can be confident He knows what He is doing with us. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). What God does must be, by definition, good! We can affirm, therefore, with confidence (even though it must often be by faith rather than sight) that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

There is, of course, an important scientific principle also established by this verse: Whenever we see anything in the world which is not good (e.g., sin, suffering, death), we can know that such things constitute an intrusion into God’s perfect creation. They were not “created” as a part of the primeval creation, nor will God allow them to continue their intrusion forever. They all eventually must be eliminated when God makes His “new earth.” In the meantime, this principle tells us that the great sedimentary rocks of the earth’s crust, containing as they do the fossilized remains of billions of dead animals, plants, and people, must have all been formed sometime after the end of creation week. At least most of them must therefore have been formed at the time of the great Flood (Genesis 6–9) when “the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (2 Peter 3:6).

Because of sin, the present world is groaning in pain (Romans 8:22), but the first world was all “very good.” HMM

For their sakes I consecrate Myself

For their sakes I consecrate Myself.—John 17:19.

THE thought may help us in regard to all the temptations of our life, even the most hidden and solitary, It may help us to do battle with our despondency and sadness, with our restlessness and resentment, with the perverting and corrupting misery of ambition. We must be watchful and uncompromising, if the self-consecration is to do its work. One sin alone indulged, condoned, domesticated, may spoil it all; may cripple all our hope of helpfulness; may baffle the willingness of God to use us in His work for others. “For their sakes I consecrate myself.”

This, then, is our constant hope, that God will so cleanse and purify our hearts that they may not hinder the transmission to others of that light and truth which issue from His Presence. For that hope we would cast out all that defiles and darkens us, we would freely give ourselves to Christ, that He may enter in and rule and animate us; so that, through all our unworthiness, something of His brightness and peace may be made known to men. FRANCIS PAGET.

Did I but live nearer to God, I could be of so much more help. GEORGE HODGES.

Things that are pleasing in His sight

Things that are pleasing in his sight. 1 John 3:22

Without faith it is impossible to please him. — So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. — The LORD taketh pleasure in his people.

This is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. If, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. — The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, … is in the sight of God of great price.

Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God. — I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs.

I beseech you, … brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Hebrews 11:6. Romans 8:8. Psalm 149:4. 1 Peter 2:19,20. 1 Peter 3:4. Psalm 50:23. Psalm 69:30,31. Romans 12:1.

The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee

The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. Numbers 6:25,26

No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. — The brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person. — The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies sake. Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee. — LORD, by thy favour thou hast made my mountain to stand strong: thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled. — Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.

The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

John 1:18. Hebrews 1:3 2 Corinthians 4:4. Psalm 31:16,17.