|What's My Purpose in Life? Response
Author: CMS521 PM
I had to answer questions for health, and i thought they were worth sharing. Let me know what you think if you get through it.Rated: Fiction K - English - Spiritual - Words: 1,516 - Reviews: 2 - Favs: 1 - Published: 11-28-12 - Status: Complete - id: 3078493
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So this is the site that i answered the questions on: every student . com
This was a health assignment and just thought it was food for the mind.
Every Student: What's My Purpose in Life?
I chose this question because it has a ring of familiarity to it. I recently really found my purpose in life, so this is dear to my heart. One thing I've thought about while thinking over my last year is that our souls are meant to be addicted. We need to have something, and that something can be good and bad. Everything on earth is finite, can be measured. That's the problems with addictions on earth. The soul cannot be satisfied because it longs for something that will continually pour into it. God's "love endures forever" (Psalm 136). God is the answer. Our souls were made to be addicted to Him. Everything about Him is infinite; he can pour into us in a way that worldly things could never. He is the best thing to be addicted to because He's the cure to the addictions. People who don't know that they need God go through life trying to make money, take advantage of others, take advantage of things. This doesn't work. Drug addicts will say that they have to keep on giving themselves higher doses of whatever they're on because the same amount at the beginning of their addiction did not satisfy them. "You (God) open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing" (Psalm 145:16). As I thought over my own past, I could see the same reoccurring pattern. I couldn't get enough; I couldn't get enough; I couldn't get enough. It got to the point where I couldn't sleep if I didn't get what I thought I needed. That is where God came in. I still struggle now, but He satisfies me more and more each week. I think another reason that I chose the question was I wanted to see what other people thought. My pastor is very adamant about what he things, and he's right about just about everything. He gave our youth group several sermons on why we are here. I think this peaked my interest to see if they were right or not. This article also seemed much more interesting than the other articles.
I would say I mostly agree with what the site said. Yes, God wants a relationship with us. Yes, that is one purpose in our lives, but I think our purpose encompass so much more. But I do have to say that this answer was much better than what I expected. God desires to be in a relationship with us for another reason, answered on the next page. The site is very biblically based, but I think that they present God as a being who wants us. The sixth paragraph starts with a sentence where we're the subject and the relationship is described by an adjectival prepositional phrase with the two words "with him." We're the main focus of the sentence. God is left off to the side as extraneous and dispensable information. That is not the case. We're finite, created, flawed, sinful, selfish, proud, egocentric hedonists that have no natural right to a relationship with God, but the sentence makes it sound like God's begging to have a relationship with us. He could destroy our souls; why would the God of the Universe even give a second glance to us besides that it was of his own desire to do so? The whole title even of the Article is wrong, "What's My Purpose in Life?" It is entirely self focused and will only even begin to give a small answer to the true question behind that question (focused on below). God also seems to be an object to make ourselves feel better. "We try to find fulfillment in something other than God." God is not a thing that can be manipulated to do our bidding. If people could manipulate God, they He wouldn't be God. We, finite beings, cannot see what God sees or know what God knows, so it doesn't make sense that God would report to us when He is infinitely more qualified to be God than we are. With that said, I would sort of agree with the writers of this article, but I would not tell my pastor this after what he's taught us. The writers have the part about the purpose being about God, but they lack the most essential part.
If I were to answer this I would say that the purpose of my life on earth is to glorify God. This alone, even if I didn't get the chance to have a relationship with him, would be more than gracious of God. God's purpose is to glorify Himself. Psalm 23:3 says "he restores my soul . . . for His name's sake." What God does for us is to glorify himself. Then wouldn't it make sense, if we are imitators of Christ, who is God and God's Son, to glorify God? We live to do what He asks not because we have to adhere to a moral code, but because we are glorifying Him and thanking Him for everything He has lavished on us. He didn't have to do anything for us in our state of sin and that would be entirely just, but He sent His Son to bring Him glory in our forgiveness of sins and right standing with him. Ephesians 1:6 tells us that God pucked us out of sin, adopted rebels who couldn't see the truth of Him into His family, made them heirs for "the praise of his glorious grace." His attributes get praised, and therefore he gets praised. As Christians we become "God's possessions" (Ephesians 1:14). We are not manipulating God, He wants to have a relationship with us so that we can glorify Him. Everything God does in the New and Old testaments is a testament to His name. "The heavens declare the glory of God" (Psalm 19:1). Even inanimate objects show and bring attention to God's glory. Why else would God do anything but to bring glory to Himself. His being selfish is the best thing for us. Now if His selfishness is good for us, and we're asking selfish questions like "What's My Purpose in Life?" we have the wrong perspective of things. We should, rather, be asking "In light of God's plan, where would I give Him the most glory?" This should motivate us so that we do everything with purpose. Nothing we do should be meaningless. If we've been given the opportunity to glorify God, we should take it, not out of necessity, but out of the overflow of our hearts.
I think that this would be mostly applied to how I'm living out my life. My life is dictated by a purpose, which dictates everything I do and think about. Because of that, knowing my purpose and having my purpose be something good will allow me to live my life in a way that would be worth living. Of course it isn't my life right now. I was bought for a price, so I don't even live for myself. Everything I do should be unto God and from the overflow of my heart. I shouldn't do things with intentions of trying to work my way into heaven or make people like me or get something I want. This isn't the point of knowing your purpose. When you know your purpose it defines who you are because it changes everything about you. For me, I need to let all God's truths rule my life and reveal what the lies of the world are. When I do that, I can better see how they are lies and not be fooled by them. This allows me to serve God without damaging our relationship as much, also it is a testimony to who He is and what He has done for me. God has done so much for me, how can I overflow with all His attributes especially when He has put His spirit in me. He is where all my fruits of the Spirit come from because I am only human. I fail, but God never does. "He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Chris" (1 Corinthians 1:8). God is who will do it for us. Of course we don't purposefully go out and try to find ways to tempt us and sin, but that is what God is for. When there are things that tempt us we can remember that He fills us. He quenches our thirst, fills our bellies (John 6:35). Gives us life to the full (John 10:10).