What is my purpose in the world? That is a question everyone asks at one point or another in their life. You may be asking this question right now. If so, I invite you to read along.
In my last post, I argued that we are not writing our own story. Rather, we are characters in God’s story. As a result, we need to know where we fit into God’s story. In other words, we need to know our purpose in God’s story, which will then tell us our purpose in the world.
Our Purpose is to Image God
Genesis 1:27 tells us that we are created in God’s image. Here is what the author writes,
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
This means that everyone has been created in God’s image, and it is everyone’s duty to image God to others.
God’s Rescue Mission
Even though it is our duty, everyone cannot image God, because they are corrupt, defiled, and sinful (Rom. 3:23). But it is God’s plan for mankind to image Him by taking up His mission to reach the nations, so He goes on a rescue mission. He send His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross, in order to redeem mankind. All those who repent and believe that Jesus is the Christ, their Savior, will be reconciled to God (Rom. 3:21-26; Jn. 3:16; 1 Jn. 1:3; 2:23-25; 3:23-24; 4:2, 15; 5:1, 5).
Redemption Leads to Imaging
Those who are redeemed by Jesus Christ are able to shine forth God’s image to their neighbors and the nations. They are able to show others God’s love, grace, mercy, justice, wisdom, etc. As well as, and more importantly, they are able to share with others God’s gospel. The same gospel that saved them from eternal destruction.
Our Purpose is Fulfilled
When we image God to others by our actions and our words, we are taking up God’s mission to reach the nations with His gospel. When we take up God’s mission, then and only then are we accomplishing our purpose in God’s story, which means we have found our purpose in this world.
A Purposeless Life
If our purpose is to image God, and the only way we can image God is by first being reconciled to Him through Jesus Christ, then those who do not believe Jesus is their Savior are living a purposeless life because they are not on mission for God.
Questions For Reflection:
- Do you see it as your purpose to image God to your neighbors and the nations?
- Do you desire to share God’s gospel with others?
- Do you share the gospel?
- How are you doing with imaging God through your actions? Do you love others, show grace to others, seek God’s wisdom in your actions, practice justice in your dealings with others?
- Do you believe purpose is only achieved when we are on mission for God?