Finding Our Purpose (Biblical Perspectives)
Romans 17:7-9, ESV
"For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living."
The bible is very clear about our origins- we were created for a specific purpose in God’s own image and likeness to have dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26-28). God placed his ‘image and superscription’ on us so that we would be his representatives on earth. When Jesus was challenged by the Pharisees about giving tributes to Caesar he deftly responded by saying “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God, the things that are God’s” (Mark 12:17). God made us and as our Creator, he has the right to determine how we ought to live our lives.
It is important not to confuse God’s ultimate ownership of us with a belief that he is a dictator and that because he made us he controls us. If we believe this myth then there would be no purpose to our existence. How uninspiring would it be to make objects like us that just do as we say? What kind of relationship could we have? By making us in his image, God had greater aspirations for humanity- that of fellowship and partnership between God ruling heaven and man ruling earth.
Ephesians 2:10 describes the purpose for humanity- “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”. The ‘fall of man’ led to a deviation from God’s original plan for humanity- hence the need for salvation through Christ. God created man with free will and man opted for “being like god’s knowing good and evil”, (Genesis 3:5), not realising that it had a death sentence attached to it.
The plan of salvation is God’s rescue package for humankind. His life through Christ for ours providing the opportunity for a brand new start- this time with the full knowledge of what sin has unleashed on the earth. This is why we cannot live to ourselves. When left to our own devices, we are likely to choose with our senses (flesh) and not with our spirit and we will end up in the same place where Adam fell: estranged from God.
By living to the Lord and doing ‘the good works’ that God created us to do we are in effect in training to be like Christ or Christ-like. If we are made in the image and likeness of God, he expects us to have his character as well. To put it in Paul’s words “imitate me as I imitate Christ”. God wants unbroken fellowship with us, which for the past few thousand years, he has been busy reconstructing. By being both fully human and fully divine, Christ “the way the truth and the life” (John 14:6), is our only route to full reconciliation with God. Good works on our own will not take us there, but living for and following Christ, will. The choice is ours!
Collection of Biblical Perspectives
The Lifesaving Good News The gospel, otherwise known as the "good news", is described by Paul in Romans 1:16 as the "power of God unto salvation to all who believes"...more
Happiness; a much-sought after state of mind is, according to the bible, what all Christians need to be striving for...more
Nothing of Himself It’s interesting in the scriptures above that an important aspect of Christ’s mission was to reveal the character of God...more
Peace When placed in context of the scriptural passage, we find Jesus describing his mission on earth as God's spiritual peace envoy...more
My Faith Faith is intangible and invisible and yet it is an essential element in the Christian walk...more
Salvation: The Ark of God! We need not question any further; God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit work in partnership to execute the mystery of salvation...more
The Anatomy of Repentance Paradoxically, when we are engaged in it, it is "sin" that feels like height and "repentance" that seems like depths...more
The Purpose of Joy Joy therefore is the natural response to the transformation brought about by divine intervention...more
Be Still And Know God Stillness is a state of mind- not moving or making a sound (adjective) deep silence and calm...more
Finding Our Purpose If we are made in the image and likeness of God, he expects us to have his character as well...more
Suffering to Learn from What is clear however is that God has designed suffering for us to learn from, praise Him for and gain righteousness in...more
Forgiveness God is the king who mercifully forgave the debt of ten thousand talents which was owed to him by one of his servants...more
Prayer In the parable prayer is characterised as an impossible activity: an exchange between the lowest of the low in society with the most inaccessible authority of the land...more
Weariness We need not succumb to fear when we have God on our side. If we exchange human fear with "fear of the Lord" we have wisdom...more
Have Faith in God! It is interesting that prayer is the essential component in developing faith in God...more
Thanksgiving He was a model intercessor whose primary motivation was God's glory (see Nehemiah 1:4-11)...more