What is the purpose of life? Why am I here?
These questions are as old as humanity and have been asked throughout the generations. People want to know what purpose their life has beyond the everyday, and the sometimes mundane activities that fill our time. If our faith is based on the beliefs of Christianity, then we might ask those questions in this way, “What is God’s will for my life, and how can I best live that out?”
By asking the question from this perspective, that is, from the perspective of God, then the answer begins to take shape before we even formulate the response. Because as we look at our lives through the lens of our faith, then we must begin with the One in which all things begin, God. So, let us turn to a passage of Scripture that might direct our thinking in answering these eternal questions.
When asked what the greatest commandment was, Jesus responded,
“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)
The love Jesus was referring to was not merely a love of fleeting feelings or simple emotions, but rather a love that was a deep devotion to the subject of one’s love. This love was meant to direct the actions of the individual in a way that would give way to a certain life. Rather than putting ones own wants and desires first, Jesus was conveying the message that our devotion should first be given to God and to not put other ‘gods’ or idols before Him.
So how do we order our lives so that God is our first love? And while that’s a question only each of us can answer, we can likely agree that how we spend our time can be a determining factor. By focusing on using our time to better understand God, our relationship with God, and how we live that out in relationship with others is a starting point for us to ponder.
As a parting word then, I offer these words from Colossians 3:12,
“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.”
(We thank Pastor Mark Roscoe for this poignant reflection.)