God Himself Is Your Purpose

Another older article from 2015. It has been updated quite a bit. It used to be titled seek God not your own desires but I generally found the new title to be more on topic than the other one. In the past I used to believe that, generally with most major and some extremists would teach it with all decisions, unless God divinely inspired someone to do something it was sinful. This concept has been coming up a lot in recent discussions so I may perhaps write an article reviewing the teaching itself. Instead this article was a much more positive message as it was mainly trying to teach that humanity is made to seek God. Here is God himself is your purpose.

God Himself Is Your Purpose

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”

-Colossians 3:1 (ESV)

This article is about seeking after God. Contradictory to what you may think God didn’t create you just to spend your whole life to find your ‘purpose.’ Or even seek out some divinely inspired dream destiny. Much to the contradiction of relevance preachers, He did not create you to seek out status riches or romance. In fact if you would spend a little time studying the New Testament you would find two passages that give a clear answer to humanities purpose.  Acts 17:26-27 and Revelation 4:11 both teach that all of humanity’s purpose is to seek God. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,”

-Acts 17:26-27 (ESV) Further in Revelation 4:11 it reads, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” -Revelation 4:11 (ESV) In the King James it says all things are created to please God. With that theological block in place now I can move on to the bulk of this post.

God is not a Puppetmaster

To some I may have just changed their whole view on the world and life. That may sound boastful but that’s exactly how I felt when I had found these two passages. Everything was different. Finding out my life purpose was to please God simplified everything for me. There is a weight that comes with believing that every action you make has to be inspired by God. And finding these two passages and applying them threw that weight off for me. As long as you live to please God you can be as rich or poor, popular or anti-social, it doesn’t matter as long as you live to please God by what his Word defines as pleasing you will be achieving your purpose in almost any profession you are in. Christ further gives this concept of seeking God fist in the gospel of Matthew, “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” -Matthew 6:31-33 (ESV) Now Christ likely is not referring to giving them these things on Earth as there are many Christians dying of starvation. Instead, he is telling them that as a reward for their faith through which they obediently served him they would have these things in Heaven.

Faith from Hebrews

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.”

-Hebrews 11:1-13 (ESV)

This passage shows that faith is always followed by works. Not so much in a save your soul sense as the legalistic types believe but as an outward sign of such faith. These people would not have received their commendation had it not been for works but there would have been no works if there was no faith in God. Now in the whole of history it was very rare that God would ever speak to someone directly outside of when Christ walked on the Earth. Even if it was an everyday occurrence it was not something that happened to each person. Now with literacy being an academic standard and the Bible being pretty much free on the internet there is no excuse to being totally ignorant of the Word of God. More than that in the epistle to the Roman church Paul teaches that the law is written on the hearts of even the unbeliever. Seeking God does not require a voice telling you what to do. If you think it does then read your Bible out loud because according to 2 Timothy all Scripture is God-breathed.

Closing

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

-Matthew 7:21 (ESV)

This is the final proof we aren’t supposed to live for ourselves. Jesus Christ himself said no one will enter the kingdom of Heaven, except the one who does the will of the Father. James 2 shows that faith without works is dead. I like to call my mid teens my fake Christianity phase because that is what it was. I would go to Church multiple times a week and then proceed to do nothing of service to Christ aside from some rather heretical writings and absolutely nothing for others.

Is Our Life Purpose to Serve Others?

Is Our Life Purpose to Serve Others?

Is Our Life Purpose to Serve Others?

“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.”

–Romans 14:7-8 (ESV)

Helping others is not in of itself a bad thing yet if that is all a Christian lives for then Biblically speaking there is an error in this ideology. The first and most immediate issue with this ideology is that if it were true then until Eve was created Adam had no purpose. This would mean that Adam being commanded to name the animals was a purposeless task that God gave him. If our life purpose as humans is to serve other people, then where is the need for God?

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Review: Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth

As a member of Crossway’s Blog Review Program, I was given a digital copy of Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth. Let me begin by saying that it was a privilege and to review this book and be given an electronic copy.

    To begin, as a seminary student, I have read three theology texts and Biblical Doctrine is by far superior in my estimation. The book is thoroughly grounded in Scripture. Firmly, the book holds to Creationism, Premillenialism, male eldership and the Trinity. Few theology books take a firm stance on Creation, Premillennialism (that Jesus will return before He establishes His Kingdom on earth for 1000 years, see Rev 21 and Rev 22), and male eldership, instead spending the bulk of their space simply describing all the views without critiquing them by the Scripture. Yet, Biblical Doctrine upholds Scripture as their authoritative evaluation criterion.

     An encouraging feature was the prayers and hymns within the book and that quotes were used to compliment Scripture, not to argue its interpretation. In other theology texts, I have seen perhaps an overemphasis of what theologians have said and not a fair treatment of Scripture.

      The book is not just information. No, it is a thoroughly devotional work as well. One comes face to face with the Scripture and the tone balances between thorough study and devotional encouragement of Christ’s sacrifice for you. The book is not overly academic in tone yet maintains scholarship. What a rare masterpiece!

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