Living With Purpose

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?”

— Matthew 16:26

Tragically, the false view that human beings are just the products of time and chance, and that ultimately purpose is just a mirage, dominates most of our schools today. It is not surprising when people spend the first quarter of their lives in school learning that sort of nonsense, so they have very little defined purposes for their lives.

This is supported by some psychologists, such as the late B. F. Skinner, who would say that we are “beyond freedom and dignity.” To them there is no purpose; we are what we eat and are determined by those things surrounding us.

There are other psychologists who disagree and send contrary signals. They tell us that we have purposes for all we do, whatever it may be. They say to find those purposes we need to get in touch with our subconscious.

The Bible has no such contradictory signals. It makes abundantly clear the fact that God has given the entire world a purpose. Events are moving toward a definite conclusion when God will drop the curtain on history and everything will reach its appointed goal.

He has done this with the cosmos, and He has done it for every individual within it. Each of us has been given a divinely ordained purpose, and we are to fulfill that purpose in our lives. If we fail to fulfill the purpose God has given to us, our life will ultimately be a tragic failure, even if it’s a success in the eyes of the world.

Lord of life, give me strength for today to finish the work You have given me to do. Thank You for the promise that You will fulfill Your purposes for me. Let me live close to You so I see them clearly…