It All Starts with God
For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible
and invisible,... everything got started in him and finds its
purpose in him.
Colossians 1:16 (Msg)
Unless you assume a God, the question of life's purpose is
Bertrand Russell, atheist
Its not about you.
The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal
fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. Its far
greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest
dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on
this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his
purpose and for his purpose.
The search for the purpose of life has puzzled people for
thousands of years. That's because we typically begin at the
wrong starting point ourselves. We ask self-centered questions
like What do I want to be? What should I do with my life? What
are my goals, my ambitions, my dreams for my future? But
focusing on ourselves will never reveal our life's purpose. The
Bible says, It is God who directs the lives of his creatures;
everyone's life is in his power.
Contrary to what many popular books, movies, and seminars tell
you, you wont discover your life's meaning by looking within
yourself. You've probably tried that already. You didn't create
yourself, so there is no way you can tell yourself what you were
created for! If I handed you an invention you had never seen
before, you wouldn't know its purpose, and the invention itself
wouldn't be able to tell you either. Only the creator or the
owners manual could reveal its purpose.
You must begin with God, your Creator.
You exist only because God wills that you exist. You were made
by God and for God and until you understand that, life will never
make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our
identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our
destiny. Every other path leads to a dead end.
Many people try to use God for their own self-actualization, but
that is a reversal of nature and is doomed to failure. You were
made for God, not vice versa, and life is about letting God use
you for his purposes, not your using him for your own purpose.
The Bible says, Obsession with self in these matters is a dead
end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a
spacious, free life.
How, then, do you discover the purpose you were created for? You
have only two options. Your first option is speculation. This is
what most people choose. They conjecture, they guess, they
theorize. When people say, I've always thought life is . . . ,
they mean, This is the best guess I can come up with.
For thousands of years, brilliant philosophers have discussed
and speculated about the meaning of life. Philosophy is an
important subject and has its uses, but when it comes to
determining the purpose of life, even the wisest philosophers
are just guessing.
Dr. Hugh Moorhead, a philosophy professor at Northeastern
Illinois University, once wrote to 250 of the best-known
philosophers, scientists, writers, and intellectuals in the
world, asking them, What is the meaning of life? He then
published their responses in a book. Some offered their best
guesses, some admitted that they just made up a purpose for
life, and others were honest enough to say they were clueless.
In fact, a number of famous intellectuals asked Professor
Moorhead to write back and tell them if he discovered the
purpose of life!
Fortunately, there is an alternative to speculation about the
meaning and purpose of life. Its revelation. We can turn to what
God has revealed about life in his Word. The easiest way to
discover the purpose of an invention is to ask the creator of
it. The same is true for discovering your life's purpose: Ask
God has not left us in the dark to wonder and guess. He has
clearly revealed his five purposes for our lives through the
Bible. It is our Owners Manual, explaining why we are alive, how
life works, what to avoid, and what to expect in the future. It
explains what no self-help or philosophy book could know. The
Bible says, Gods wisdom . . . goes deep into the interior of his
purposes. . . . Its not the latest message, but more like the
oldest what God determined as the way to bring out his best in
God is not just the starting point of your life; he is the
source of it. To discover your purpose in life you must turn to
Gods Word, not the worlds wisdom. You must build your life on
eternal truths, not pop psychology, success-motivation, or
inspirational stories. The Bible says, Its in Christ that we
find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we
first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on
us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall
purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. This
verse gives us three insights into your purpose.
1. You discover your identity and purpose through a relationship
with Jesus Christ.
2. God was thinking of you long before you ever thought about
him. His purpose for your life predates your conception. He
planned it before you existed, without your input! You may
choose your career, your spouse, your hobbies, and many other
parts of your life, but you don't get to choose your purpose.
3. The purpose of your life fits into a much larger, cosmic
purpose that God has designed for eternity.
You may have felt in the dark about your purpose in life.
Congratulations, you're about to walk into the light.
Question to Consider: In spite of all the advertising around me,
how can I remind myself that life is really about living for
God, not myself?
You are not an accident.
I am your creator. You were in my care even before you were
born," says the lord Isaiah 44:2crv
Long before you were conceived by your
parents you were conceived in the mind of God. It is not
fate, nor chance, nor luck, no coincidence that you are
breathing at this very moment. I am alive because God
wanted to create me.
So why am
I here what's my purpose what special influence do
I have for this world. Will my life make a difference. so
many before me so why did God make me, I search for meaning
in my children's eyes so full of innocence and promise. I
seek the heavens as well for direction God knows my heart
God knows my confusion most important why did I open this
can of worms.
God made you to love you and you are his special
creation. God was thinking of you even before you were born
he made the world. In fact that's why he created it
designed this planets environment just so we could live in
it. We are the focus of his love and the most valuable of
all his creations.
Long before he laid down the earths foundations he had us
in mind, he settled on us as the focus of his love Ephesians
Living on purpose is the path to peace.
Every ones life is driven by something, most dictionaries
define the verb drive as "to guide , to control or to direct".
Whether you are driving a car a nail or a golf ball you are
guiding controlling and directing it at the movement what
is the driving force of my life.
most people are driven by guilt, resentment, and anger,
fear, materialism, or expectations of others. this article
will help you to live a more purpose driven life guided,
controlled, and directed by Gods purpose, nothing matters
more than knowing God's purpose in your life.
God's purpose is not limited by your past.
he can turn a murder in to a leader (Moses) a coward (Gideon)
a hero. and he can do amazing things in your life as well if
you let him
There are great benefits to living a purpose driven life
Knowing you purpose gives your life meaning..
Knowing your purpose simplifies your life..
Knowing your purpose focuses your life...Knowing you purpose motivates your life and fulfilling your purpose will created an eternal legacy.
Everyone wants to be remembered when they are gone,
ultimately what matters most will not be what others says
about your life but what God says about you. How will you
answer God when he asks "what did you do with my son
Jesus Christ, what did you do with what I gave you.
Article from The Purpose-Driven Life, by Rick Warren
Paul has told us, “we know that all things work together for
good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his
purpose.” God has a purpose with us. How thankful we should be
that because of His purpose, God is working to make sure
everything in our lives can work out for our ultimate good.