Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Purpose of Life

As a new Christian, the question of 'What is my purpose in life?' was continually on my mind, and I read plenty of popular books to try and answer it, but to no avail.  I was looking for an action plan, but what I needed was sound, biblical counsel.

Over time, I finally found the answer as I studied the reformed Christian faith, but Willem Teellinck has the sound, biblical answer concisely stated in The Path of True Godliness (p.127):
"Clearly, the glory of God is the most important purpose and goal of our life.  We were created and re-created for that purpose (Isa. 43:7, 21).  The only way we can accomplish this is by following God's counsel and his Word (Jer. 23:22)."

Then on pages 143-146, he warns us that our spiritual enemies seek to distract us from our true purpose in life by:
  1. Persuading us to live in total wantonness, just as we please, without ever knowing the true purpose of life.
  2. Persuading us to pursue the wrong purpose in life by holding the wrong goal before our eyes and minds so that we will not be moved from it.
  3. Persuading us to halfheartedly pursue the right purpose that fails to look sincerely at God and does not end in God.
Mr. Teellinck concludes by exhorting believers to "think how terrible and monstrous it would be if the sun, created to give light to the world, were to spread thick darkness instead...Consider further what it means when a Christian, created and regenerated to let his spiritual light shine and so glorify God, misses the purpose of his life and, in place of letting his light shine by his godly walk in the midst of a crooked and sinful generation, exudes the foul fumes of an offensive life and conduct."

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God," (1 Cor. 10:31).