purpose

My purpose-driven life, what is it? Isn’t this the question we should all be asking? Maybe during our quiet time, instead of seeking the face of our Lord we should be seeking our purpose. I wonder how fulfilling my life would be if I discovered my true purpose. Perhaps my purpose is to write pointless blogs because I am a narcissistic fraud.

Now, I will be honest. I currently do not feel like I am really doing what I should be doing. I feel like my life should be doing something different but I am not going to quit my job. Perhaps I do need to define my purpose but do I need to have that purpose define me? I have a job but my job doesn’t define me. Once I leave the building my job stays behind unless I am contacted for some reason.   I don’t usually think about my job unless my wife asks me about it.

So I did a little research. I read the Westminster Shorter Catechism. It is a little old so there is no way that it could apply to me in the 21st century. We are far more sophisticated and advanced in our technology. But I read the first three lines:

  1. 1. What is the chief end of man? A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God,[1] and to enjoy him forever.[2]
  2. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him? A. The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments,[3] is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.[4]
  3. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach? A. The Scriptures principally teach, what man is to believe concerning God,[5] and what duty God requires of man.[6]

Now it seems I know what my purpose is. It does not seem to be my job or my church or my family or my friends. My purpose seems to be to glorify God in whatever I am doing. I am to bring to glory to His name and to enjoy Him and everything about Him and everything He gives to me regardless of the context of my life. That context does not include a life of unconfessed or intentional or deliberate sin. I can only glorify Him if I am pure through the righteousness of His Son and my Lord, Jesus Christ.

I have found my purpose and this is a purpose I do want to define who I am.

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