Why We Are

“What I am supposed to do with my life?”  “What is my purpose in life?” “Why am I here?”  These are thoughts that creep into our minds from time to time.  The question of why we are here on this planet at this time is simply one that we cannot answer for ourselves.

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”

Ephesians 2:10

“What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, be warmed and filled," without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?  So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

James 2:14-17

“And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.  He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for your sake, who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.  Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; for "All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever." And this word is the good news that was preached to you.

1 Peter 1:17-25

We have choices to make every day.  Those choices are based on a bigger picture of purpose.  The clothes we wear, the car we drive, the friends we keep, the job we work at, the family we have are all a result of the bigger picture of priorities and identity.  Why we are here is a great question to wrestle with because it gets us beyond our everyday routines and the stuff that often clutters our minds to a deeper sense of purpose.  As God’s children we have a purpose centered on serving God by caring for the needs and concerns of others, not ourselves. 

Knowing who we are and what we are informs why we are.  Everything that we believe centers around God and His law and mercy because He is the Creator, the Redeemer and the Sustainer of our faith in what He has done for us. Armed with this knowledge we are set free from the chains of our sinful nature and serve God by loving our neighbor not because we are so good at it or because we are worthy, but because God loved us first.