Romans 14:8 What Is Your Purpose In Life?

If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:8

All over the world, people are searching for their purpose in life. They want to know why they are there and what they are to do.

Some will find their purpose and reject it. Others will find that purpose and pursue it with everything in them. Many will never find that purpose. Never really knowing what they are to do, they just wander through life, lost.

As Paul points out that all foods are good to eat, he also points out that each person is to live or die for the Lord.

Without God in the picture, man has no real purpose on this earth. He lives for a short time, eats, drinks, works, and then dies. It is all over, with no lasting purpose.

The world has no real, solid standard to live by, anything goes. With no standard, there can be no purpose.

God made man for fellowship with Him and with others. He has set the rules for living a full, worthwhile, purposeful life. Every person can have a life that is full of meaning and purpose, beyond anything that this world can offer.

The life of a believer is to be lived for God in life and in death, in everything that one does. Jesus came to bring life to every person. He bought their lives with His blood, thus every person belongs to Him. Most, however, do not know that.

Sadly, many believers do not fully realize that they belong to Christ. They live their lives trying to please themselves and others. Living for God means that one will do everything he does for God and by God’s methods. He does not live for self or others.

As a believer, you also are to live for God in all that you do. Examine your life and see what your real purpose is in this life. See if it is for self or for God.

Seek God to find out what His purpose in this life. Then pursue that purpose and really live for God in every area of your life. This is turning from all sin, then becoming His witness and making disciples as you worship God with all of your life. This is the same purpose as what Jesus had.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live for God; that you will know God’s purpose for your life; that God will open doors for you to do His will; and that you will be a witness for Jesus everywhere you go.

John 1:1 It Begins With God’s Word

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. John 1:1

Scientists are always striving to find out the beginning of the earth and life of mankind. People want to know how and why there is life upon this earth. They want to know the purpose of mankind.

The majority of people hold to the belief that all of this is just random chance. Everything that exists and is today, is by the chance of evolution. Yet, they still seek to find the actual beginning, that remains elusive to their searching.

John writes that is was the Word in the beginning and that the Word is God.

As the world searches for what began everything and the purpose for everything, God’s Word gives the answer. It started in Genesis and was repeated by John, that everything began with God’s and His Word.

For the unbeliever it does not make sense, because then the question comes up as to when did God begin. However, for those who believe God’s word it lines up everything in perfect order.

The good news with knowing that everything started with God and His Word, is that believers can trust Him with everything in their lives. If God has the power by His Word to create everything, then He has the power to take care of everything also in the life of a believer.

One becomes a believer because God called Him. It does not start with the believer himself, but with God. God is at the beginning of all. He is also the end of all things.

Knowing this, the believer must be willing to look to God’s word for guidance in every area of life. God and His word have all the answers to life and its problems.

God has called you to believe upon Him and His Word. Instead of looking to this fallen world and the sin and lies it promotes, look to God and His word. It is perfect and infallible.

With the Holy Spirit, God’s Word and God, you have access to all power and authority in all creation. You have access to wisdom that was from the beginning of all time.

God created everything with you on His mind. He also sent Jesus, His Son, to die for you, so that you may have the life He meant you to have. This was His plan from the beginning.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God with all of your life; that you will seek God’s word in every situation in your life; and that you will know God’s word for you each day.

Luke 24:5 Looking For Life

In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?” Luke 24:5

One thing that people are searching for all over the world is life. They want to have a life that is fulfilled and successful. Most want to be happy and be able to really enjoy life.

In the process of looking for this type of life, people will search any thing and every where. There are few things that people will not try in order to get the life that they are seeking.

After Jesus had died, some women went to His tomb, only to find He was not there. Two angels appeared to them and asked them why they searched for the living among the dead. Jesus was not there, because He had risen from the dead.

Searching for meaning, purpose and life in this world, is searching among the dead. Everything that the world claims to bring purpose and life is dead. Those things are focused on the here and now, the temporary, which is dead and will pass away.

The only thing that gives true purpose and life is seeking God through Jesus Christ. Instead of searching on the level in this fallen, dead world, one must look up to God.

Some in the church let themselves fall into the ways of the world, seeking temporal life, rather than leaning on God for all life. Instead of looking among the dead, believers must get among other believers, the living, and with God to find real life.

Jesus brings a life that is real and eternal. It will meet the desires of the heart more than any thing in this world could ever offer.

As you are going through life, you must decide what you are really seeking to find. If you are desiring real life, then you must turn away from the dead things of this world, that have absolutely nothing of value to offer you.

Turn your search to knowing God more and more each day. It is only Jesus who can offer true life. He rose from the dead and is alive to this day and will remain alive for eternity.

Jesus offers this same life to you today. All you have to do is seek Him, repent of your sins and accept the life He has for you. Don’t seek life among the dead.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the life God has for you; that you will seek purpose and fulfillment in God alone; and that you will live to serve God.

Zechariah 7:5 Why Do You Do It?

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Ask all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months for the past seventy years, was it really for me that you fasted?’ Zechariah 7:5 

It is very common for people to do things for reasons that do not show up on the surface of their lives. Many people give a lot of money to different charities that appear to look like they are trying to help the poor or helpless, however, often the purpose is for a tax write-off, not out of love and true care.

This can also be seen in the work place. People work for a paycheck only, not as a service to others or for their employer. Then they do as little as possible to get that check, or they work hard, only to get a promotion.

God asks the people what was their real purpose in fasting over the previous seventy years while they were in captivity.

Believers can often be just like the world in reasons why they do things. It is common for some to do services in the church only for the reason to look good before God and others. They are trying to win points with God by doing certain things. Their hearts are far from God’s heart.

It is not only in believers doing things, but also in not doing some things. Some will not sin in certain ways, just to look good before God and others. Many will still do the sin in their heart or behind closed doors where they are not sin.

Actions like this are about pride and self. Every believer must ask himself why he is doing or not doing something. It must be determined if it is what God wants and if it is being done out of love for God and others.

Examine the things that you do or don’t do. Now ask yourself why you do or don’t do those things.

Your greatest motivation for doing or not doing something should be out of love for God. It should be because God has asked these things of you.

Your goal in life should be to live like Jesus did, not to look good or escape hell, but because of what Jesus has done for you. Do what you do out of gratefulness for the life Jesus has given you. Any other reason is selfish and is worthless before God.

I pray today that you will know what God desires of you; that you will love God with all of your heart; that you will do things out of love for God and others; and that you will love as Jesus loved.