Psalm 139:13-18 (NLT)
What is the purpose of life?
I. Chosen to be you just like you are.
A. Your birth is by God’s design, every detail. You are not a mistake or an accident. Even if your parents didn’t plan you, God did. God chose your skin color, hair color and eye color. Every detail of you – custom made. Even your parent’s DNA that gave you your DNA.
B. God determined your natural talents, gifts and skills.
C. God decided when you would be born and where you would live for His purpose. “24 The God who created the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, because it is He who gives to all [people] life and breath and all things. 26 And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their lands and territories. 27 This was so that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grasp for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. 28 For in Him we live and move and exist [that is, in Him we actually have our being], as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’” (Acts 17:24-28, AMP)
D. God’s purposes override human sin and mistakes and turns them for His own good and purpose.
E. God’s love covers a multitude of sin and His love is why He created you and me for His purpose.
II. The purpose of your life must start with God, not personal fulfillment or happiness.
A. We are born by His purpose, to fulfill His purpose and to bring Him glory.
B. We exist because God wills we exist. It is only in God that we understand our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose and our destiny. Life will never mean anything or make any sense without God.
III. So, who is God and why did He create the world, the universe and me?
A. To understand your purpose, you must understand the “why God.”
B. The Bible says God is love, not that He has love, but that He is LOVE. (1 John 4:7-8)
C. God made you to love you. Love is God’s person and who He is. Everything God does is out of love.
D. He created the perfect world to sustain life to express His love. He carried us from birth, He’s taken care of us and been with us all the days of our lives.
E. If there were no God then life would be an accident, some random chance of the universe. There would be no purpose because God is the reason for purpose. There would be no right or wrong, good or evil.
F. Without God there would be no hope, no meaning to existence and death would be the end because God is the giver of life.
G. Purpose has to start with God, not self-centeredness, like jobs, dreams, goals, possessions or will power. Purpose begins with our understanding of who God is and what He means to us.
IV. What or who controls your life? Maybe a person, a problem, a pressure, a pain, the past, a phobia or a place.
A. Some are controlled by guilt –
1. Their life is consumed with bad memories, hiding shame and running from past regrets.
2. Their past manipulates and controls their future. They punish themselves and sabotage their future success.
3. Cain’s guilt disconnected him from God’s presence and caused him to become a restless wanderer on the earth without God’s purpose. “ 3 And in the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground. 4 But Abel brought [an offering of] the [finest] firstborn of his flock and the fat portions. And the LORD had respect (regard) for Abel and for his offering; 5 but for Cain and his offering He had no respect. So Cain became extremely angry (indignant), and [b]he looked annoyed and hostile. 6 And the LORD said to Cain, “Why are you so angry? And why do you look annoyed? 7 If you do well [believing Me and doing what is acceptable and pleasing to Me], will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well [but ignore My instruction], sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you [to overpower you], but you must master it.” 8 Cain talked with Abel his brother [about what God had said]. And when they were [alone, working] in the field, Cain attacked Abel his brother and killed him. 9 Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he [lied and] said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” 10 The LORD said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s [innocent] blood is crying out to Me from the ground [for justice]. 11 And now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s [shed] blood from your hand. 12 When you cultivate the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength [it will resist producing good crops] for you; you shall be a fugitive and a vagabond [roaming aimlessly] on the earth [in perpetual exilewithout a home, a degraded outcast].” 13 Cain said to the LORD, “My punishment is greater than I can bear. 14 Behold, You have driven me out this day from the face of the land; and from Your face (presence) I will be hidden, and I will be a fugitive and an [aimless] vagabond on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” 15 And the LORD said to him, “[d]Therefore, whoever kills Cain, a sevenfold vengeance [that is, punishment seven times worse] shall be taken on him [by Me].” And the LORD set a [protective] mark (sign) on Cain, so that no one who found (met) him would kill him. 16 So Cain went away from the [manifested] presence of the LORD AND lived in the land of Nod [wandering in exile], east of Eden.” (Genesis 4:3-16, AMP)
4. We are products of our past, not prisoners of it. God’s purpose is never limited by our past.
a. Moses was a murderer and became one of God’s most compassionate leaders. He lead millions of God’s chosen people.
b. Saul, a murderer, who became Paul, wrote more than half of the New Testament.
B. Many people are controlled by resentment –
1. They rehearse in their mind over and over and over the pain and the hurt that was done unto them instead of releasing it.
2. Some clam up and internalize their anger. Some blow up and explode and dump on others. Both are unhealthy and unhelpful.
3. Those who have hurt you in the past cannot hurt you now unless you hold onto the pain through resentment. Grow from the past and let go by forgiving them and releasing them.
C. Some people are controlled by fear –
1. Those who are controlled by fear often miss great opportunities because they are afraid to step out.
2. Fear is a self-imposed prison that says, play it safe, don’t take a risk, bury your talent. “29 For to everyone who has [and values his blessings and gifts from God, and has used them wisely], more will be given, and [he will be richly supplied so that] he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have [because he has ignored or disregarded his blessings and gifts from God], even what he does have will be taken away.” (Matthew 25:29, AMP)
3. Fear will keep you from God’s purpose and what God intends for you to be and what He wants you to have.
4. Defeat fear by believing God and His love.
5. Undeveloped love has fear, it reveals one that is not yet fully formed in love. “18 There is no fear in love [dread does not exist]. But perfect (complete, full-grown) love drives out fear, because fear involves [the expectation of divine] punishment, so the one who is afraid [of God’s judgment] is not perfected in love [has not grown into a sufficient understanding of God’s love].” (1 John 4:18, AMP)
D. Many people are controlled by worldly possessions –
1. Their thought is, this will make me happier, more secure and more important. Their desire is to acquire more and more and more.
2. Possessions only provide temporary fulfillment. We get bored with them and want newer, bigger and better things.
3. Self-worth and net-worth are not the same as God-worth. Real security only comes from knowing your value to God.
E. Some people are controlled by a need for approval –
1. They allow expectations of parents, teachers, friends, or children to control their lives.
2. Some adults still trying to earn the approval of their parents.
3. Others are controlled by peer pressure, they are always worried about what others may think. When you follow the crowd, you get lost in it.
4. When we are controlled by the opinions of others, it is a guaranteed way to miss God’s purpose for our life.
V. What is my purpose?
A. You were put here to prepare for eternity. One day you will stand before God and He will do an audit of your life and ask you two questions:
1. What did you do with Jesus? Have you accepted what He did for you? Are you learning to love and trust Him? The Father sent Jesus to show us who God is, to forgive us and save us.
2. What did you do with your life? God has given you gifts, talents, energy, opportunities, relationships and resources. Are you using them for His purpose?
VI. What we do with Jesus will determine where we spend eternity; with or without God.
VII. What you do with your life will determine what you do in eternity; what will be your responsibilities and rewards. Remember the purpose of this life is to prepare you for your eternity.
A. Life on earth is a dress rehearsal before the real production in eternity. Earth is preschool, the tryout, in preparation for God’s eternal plan and purpose.
B. Our relationship to God on earth will determine our relationship with Him in eternity.
C. Life is a test: Trials, tribulations, temptations, faith, obedience, love, integrity and commitment develop our character. Adam and Eve failed, King David failed tests at times. Joseph, Ruth, and Daniel passed many tests that proved who they were. Abraham failed a few tests, but his greatest test was laying his future and inheritance on the altar – God said now I know.
D. Life is a trust: God owns everything in the world and universe. We are God’s trust, His stewards and managers. Our life, time, gifts, talents, resources, opportunities, relationships, intelligence and health have all been given to us in God’s trust to fulfill His purpose. Adam and Eve received the first job on earth – to take care of God’s stuff.
E. Everything we do has eternal implications. We want to hear, “Well done thou good and faithful servant.” Receive your promotion, celebrate and share in your Master’s joy. (Matthew 25)
In closing: Life in this world makes no sense without God. There would be no hope, no purpose or fulfillment. So, the eternal question must be asked, “What is the purpose of life?” #God