Why am I here? Why was I created? What should I do with my life? Why do I exist? We all ask these questions to ourselves at some point in our life. In fact, these are some of the most common questions in Christianity about our creation.
Luckily, the Bible is clear about why we exist and what our purpose is. Here are a few reasons why we exist and how we can make the most of our lives.
Why do we exist?
- We exist to seek out God and His knowledge. We are called to search for and seek God in everything we do. First Chronicles 16:11 (ESV) says, “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek his presence continually!” We exist to read God’s Word and seek His strength — not only when it’s convenient for us, but consistently.
- We exist to glorify God. Isaiah 43:7 (ESV) says, “Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” Not only were we created, formed and made by God, but we were created for His glory. Our existence and the way that we live our lives should point others to God.
- We exist to love God and love others. Loving God and loving others is a simple concept, but it can be difficult to put into action when we’ve been hurt or betrayed by others. However, John 15:12-14 (ESV) says, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you.”
- We exist to spread God’s message. While we have been blessed to hear the message of Christ, there are billions of people who haven’t had the opportunity to. While not all of us are called directly to mission work, we ARE all called to spread God’s message and love to those around us. Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV) says, “And Jesus came and said to them, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.’”
- We exist to use the gifts that God has given us. God has given each one of us a unique skill set and unique gifts. We are called to use these gifts and skills to glorify Him. James 1:17 (ESV) says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”
How do we make the most of our lives?
- Read the Bible every day. Reading the Bible daily is one of the best things we can do to strengthen our relationship with the Lord. Other benefits of reading the Bible include reinforcing and strengthening our faith and a drop in feelings of bitterness, loneliness and anger.
- Pray. First Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) says, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus in you.” Not only should we pray, but we should pray without ceasing. We shouldn’t only pray when things in life are hard or going wrong; we should pray when our life is good by giving thanks to the Lord.
- Attend church, whether in person or virtually. Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV) says, “ And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Joining a church community can provide you with a supportive group of believers and can help strengthen your faith.
- Volunteer. Romans 12:13 (ESV) says, “Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” We can make the most out of our life by giving back to those around us through volunteering, either through a church or individually.
What’s the bottom line?
While we may question why we exist, God has had a plan for our life from the beginning. We are called to love God and love others and to glorify God in everything we do, using the gifts that He has given us. With this knowledge, we can make the most out of our lives by working to strengthen our faith every day.