The Purpose of Man!
“What is my purpose? What did You put me here for? ” These were the questions I hoped God will answer at a time when I was frustrated in life. Right out of college, I felt convicted that I will be a naval officer. I didn’t make it to the military academy. (A story for another day). I was very disappointed; first with God and then myself. I felt that was my purpose, that’s what God called me to do!
I was thinking purpose meant that big thing I have to do before my time on earth is over. That huge legacy that will have my name boldly engraved on it, for generations yet unborn to read about in the history books of their time. Dreams are free right?
Purpose is bigger than our career, our family, our background, where we live or who we get married to. All these are great things and may come under the umbrella of purpose, but the mistake we often make is we elevate some or all of these above the purpose for our creation! (Matthew 6:33)
In the book of Ecclesiastes (I won’t be able to spell this without AI keyboard), wise king Solomon had come to realize in what I believe to be his last few years on earth that only one thing matters.
All the alluring things and riches we achieve are good but a life lived in purpose is far more important than all of these. So he concludes by saying, the whole duty (purpose) of man is to fear God and keep His commandments.
We lost our original purpose through Adam’s disobedience. Christ restored our original purpose through His obedience. We are free to live as God originally planned. That is to walk in purpose!
So what is the purpose of Man?
Man was created to have a relationship with God!!
Does it mean God is needy? Certainly not! He created us out of LOVE! (You will see that when it was time to make man, God said NOW; He saved the best for last; Let US, He rallied the entire GOD head to create man.) YOU ARE FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE!! THE APPLE OF HIS EYES!!
Living in purpose is not rocket science! Do these three things and voila, you are there:-
1. Talk to God through Prayer!
I believe we know that building a relationship requires communication. We ought to come to the point where we are ready to talk to God and be intimate with Him through prayer.
2. Listen to God when He speaks!
The word ‘fear’ as used by Solomon, means reverence or respect. When we respect a person, we are sure to listen to what he or she has to say.
What better way to hear God but through His word; the Bible. We say God speak to me, but our Bibles are closed and accumulating dust! Reading the Bible is walking in purpose!
3. Live Your Life by His Word!
Finally the verse says keep His commandments! The commandments are in the Bible! Don’t just read it, put the words into action. Live out what you have read. ( John 1:14).
Contrary to popular teaching and doctrine, I was thrilled when I discovered that, living in purpose didn’t require me to have a big goal. Its not a big mysterious thing I have to do. Yes God has great plans for us and these will happen through the small things we do daily. These seemingly little things culminate into that one big thing.
On that note, don’t stress yourself!!! Do these and you are walking in purpose always!
God bless you!!
We are Kingdom Men, we live for the KING!
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