Someday everything will make perfect sense and all the pieces will fall into place. But until then, whatever is happening in our lives is not happening to us, but for us. There is a purpose and a reason for everything under the sun [under God’s power]. Knowing that there is a reason for everything happening in your life is one thing, but finding the purpose of your life is another…
Our pastor, Rick Warren said in one of his sermons, “The two most important days of your life are; the day that you were born, and the other day is: when you know the purpose of your life; why you were born.” He continued saying, “God created us for His pleasure and for His purpose. Until we understand that, nothing will make sense.”
To find out what is the purpose our life and “Why are we here” is to look at the instructions that are within our reach, shown in God’s Word, the Bible. He has given clear guidance to us on how to live a purposeful life. We cannot accomplish this by our own strength, because of our daily shortcomings [sins]. Before God created us, He knew sin would enter the world. He knew the great sacrifice necessary to restore us to Himself; by His actions we can conclude that we are worth it. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” [John 3:16]
We’re in need of a Savior—Jesus, who came in human flesh and died in our place for a reason. He took our sins, willingly gave His body as a sacrifice on the cross, and rose again. He is a living Savior, who pleads on our behalf daily for our salvation. Through Him all things are done. The first purpose for our lives is; to love God back with all our hearts, minds, and souls, and to love others as ourselves. [Luke 10; 27]
If we carefully read Jesus’s prayer prior to His crucifixion, we will see that He has highlighted the purpose of our lives in His prayer. Referring to believers, He prayed, Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them” [John 17:22-26].
As it is clearly stated (in Romans 6), Jesus’ death caused our sins to become powerless over us. Without the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ as the lamb of God (who was perfect, without any blemishes), we would still be in our sins, unforgiven and unsaved. The cross erases our old life. So the cross is not just a symbol, it is the mark of our salvation. God’s purpose for our life becomes our purpose for our life, which enables us to experience true and lasting joy—the abundant life that He desires for us.
The story of Christ did not end with his death. His resurrection is equally vital to the message of the gospel. He rose from death just as He told His disciples He would [in Matthew 16:21]. If He is not risen from the dead, then we would still reside in darkness with no hope. Jesus is our everlasting HOPE.
HAPPY EASTER! Stay safe!