7504 - The Pupose of Life

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We thank the Lord that you have joined us today.

Men and women of all positions of life are brought to those quiet moments of reflection in which they ask themselves, “What is the purpose of life?” “What am I supposed to accomplish in this life?”

Jesus was able to say to His Father on the night before His crucifixion, “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” (John 17:4).

Our creator, the God of Heaven and earth, had a purpose in mind when He fashioned mankind and breathed into Him the breath of life (Gen 2:7). He says (Psalm 139): "I created you, I knit you together ... You have never been hidden from me. I numbered your days even before you were born. I have known your actions, and your inner thoughts, since you were conceived. Even before you utter a word, I know what you're going to say."

Even though we are limited and He is infinite; even though we are creatures of flesh and He is Spirit; even though we have come out of sin and He is pure and holy; and even though we do not deserve this relationship, God makes it possible out of His grace and mercy.

In Acts (17:27) Paul shares that when God made people on earth, He made them so that they “would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.”

God is desirous of an obedient response, a loving response from His creatures. One day a lawyer asked Jesus which was the most important commandment. Jesus responded by saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” (Mark 12:30). It gives joy to the Lord when our primary goal is to please Him.

God longs for people to respond to Him, to seek a personal relationship with Him, to live with a responsive, trusting attitude. It would be proper for creator God to expect this of His creatures; but, each person must choose to respond to God or to reject Him.

People may demonstrate their love and regard for God by praising Him. Ephesians (1:12) tells us that we have been destined and appointed to express our praise to Him. This is echoed in Isaiah (32:21) as He observes that created animals and creatures honor Him, and then He adds: I created “people for myself that they may proclaim my praise.” God expects all His creatures, including men and women, boys and girls, to praise His character and His works.

The willful choice made by a person will determine God’s freedom in responding back to them. If one responds in a loving, trusting manner, then God is free to bless and cause to growth. The psalmist says that “those who seek the Lord lack no good thing” (Psalm 34:10b), indicating His freedom to bless responsive people.

When one responds to God then God has a willing subject who is more fully tuned to learn and to grow, than one who is self centered, self willed, proud and resistive to God. A responsive attitude and desire brings a union in which He considers each of us to be valuable and important to Him.

Jesus is Lord over all things regardless of what we do or think. God the Father completed that truth when He seated His Son, Jesus, at His right hand in heaven after his resurrection. But this relationship becomes personal when we accept the gift of salvation, through an act of our will, and place ourselves under His authority. Then He becomes our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Spirit of Jesus wants to live in us and through us to accomplish His work in this world which is still darkened by sin, and where people are facing a Christless eternity if they do not believe and trust Jesus Christ.

O friend, I pray each of us will be yielded and responsive to the Lord Jesus. May we choose to trust Him, to obey Him, to praise Him, and live our life in such a way that our life will bring honor and glory to His holy name.