What on earth am I here for?

Did you ever wonder what your purpose in life is?


  • I did but not anymore.
  • I found this on the web and I thought would help us a bit to to mof concern your question for it is really a matter of concern to many. Please read and share your thoughts.

    First, there’s the question of existence: Why am I alive? For thousands of years people have asked this question. Many people of the Bible did. Jeremiah asked this question, “Why was I born? Was it only to have trouble and sorrow? To end my life in disgrace?”

    Second, there’s the question of significance. Is there some meaning and purpose to my life? Is all that I’m doing just a waste of time and energy? Is my life significant?

    In Psalm 89, David asked, “I remember how short my life is [in other words, it’s not that long]. Why did You create us? For nothing?”

    Job asked the question, “Why should I work so hard for nothing?” If there’s no meaning and purpose, why am I even doing this?

    Solomon even questions the significance of pleasure. He says, “Laughing and having fun is crazy. What good does it do?” Is there any significance to what I do? Why keep going? Without meaning life is petty, trivial, and pointless.

    Third, there’s the question of intention: “Is there a purpose for my life?” Isaiah said this: “My work all seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and for no purpose at all.”

    The British philosopher, Bertrand Russell, who described himself as an atheist, said, “Unless you assume a God the question of the purpose of life is meaningless.” In other words, if there is no God, there is no grand scheme or significance to anything. If there is no God, your birth was an accident. You simply represent a random chance. If there is no God, there is no right or wrong and no Heaven or Hell.

    This is why it is so important that we teach our people that God made each one of them for a purpose. They need to know nothing matters more than knowing God’s purpose for their lives and nothing can compensate for not knowing it — not success, wealth, fame, or pleasure.
  • We need to teach that, without purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without reason; yet, it’s never too late to discover our God-ordained purpose. They need to understand God makes everything with a purpose. Every plant has a purpose, every animal has a purpose, and if you are alive, that means God has a purpose for your life.

    The Bible teaches that God had five purposes in making us. These five purposes are explained by Jesus in the Great Commandment and the Great Commission. They’re demonstrated by the early Church in Acts, chapter 2. They’re explained by Paul in Ephesians, chapter 4, and they’re prayed about by Jesus in John, chapter 17.

    Number 1: Planned for God’s Pleasure

    The first purpose of your life is this: You were planned for God’s pleasure. I think the two words that best describe the Christian life are “love affair.” God wants you to know him and love him. Everything else is secondary to that. He wants you to know him, and he wants you to love him.

    There is a word for expressing love to God: WORSHIP. Worship is expressing your love to God. And worship is living a life pleasing to God.

    You know, there is a big myth today in most of Christianity. Today the word “worship” in most people’s mind is a synonym for music. We say things like, “Well, I liked the message, but I really liked the worship.” As if the message wasn’t worship.

    Worship is more than music. Worship is everything you do that brings pleasure to God. Your whole life is to be a life of worship.
  • Number 2: Formed for God’s Family

    Just as worship brings God pleasure because he wants us to love him, fellowship with other believers brings God pleasure because we’re formed for God’s family.

    One of the most misunderstood ideas about the Christian life is that it’s just a matter of believing. But God says, “No, you’re not just ‘believers’; you’re ‘belongers.’” You belong in the family of God.

    Did you know that the words “one another” are used 58 times in the New Testament? Love one another, care for one another, pray for one another, exhort one another, encourage one another, greet one another, and on and on and on. God wants you to care for other people. That’s called fellowship. Enjoying God’s family is called fellowship, and that’s the second purpose for your life.

    Number 3: Created to Be Like Christ

    You were planned for God’s pleasure; that’s called worship. And you were formed for a family; that’s called fellowship. Here’s the third reason God made you: You were created to be like Christ. That’s called discipleship. God made you to transform you into a likeness of his son, Jesus Christ.

    God is far more interested in what you are than in what you do. He’s far more interested in your being than in your doing. A lot of people ask, “What is God’s will for my life in my job or my career?” You know what? You could probably have a dozen different careers, and God would say “That’s fine.” God is more interested in your character, and I’ll tell you why: You’re not taking your career into eternity, but you are taking your character.

  • There is no problem you can’t grow from if you’ll learn the right response. You become like Jesus. This is God’s third purpose for your life. Becoming like Christ is called discipleship.

    Number 4: Shaped for Service

    The fourth purpose God created you for is this: You were shaped for service. God made you to serve him. You’re planned for God’s pleasure; that’s worship. You’re formed for a family; that’s fellowship. You’re created to be like Christ; that’s discipleship. And you’re shaped for service; that’s called ministry.

    Every Christian is created to serve — called to ministry, created for ministry, saved for ministry, and gifted for ministry. The Bible makes it very clear that every Christian is a minister. Not every Christian is a pastor, but every Christian is a minister because to be Christ-like is to be a minister. You can’t be like Jesus Christ without serving others.

    What is ministry? Ministry is any time your use the abilities God has given you to help someone else in Jesus’ name. The Bible teaches that God uniquely wired you in a certain way for a purpose. God gave you your abilities — not for your benefit but to bless other people.

    Number 5: Made for a Mission

    The fifth reason you were put on this Earth is that you were made for a mission.

    Paul was extremely passionate about this particular purpose. He says in Acts 20:24, “The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus Christ gave me.” And what is that work? To tell people the good news about God’s grace. There’s a word for fulfilling my mission in the world — it’s called “evangelism.” That is the fifth purpose God has for your life.

    My dad was a man on a mission. He was a pastor for 50 years but died a few years ago of cancer. The last week of his life he was delusional, and my wife and I were sitting beside him. He was very frail, and he’d lost all this weight from cancer. One night he became agitated and tried to get out of bed.

    Kay said, “Jimmy, you can’t get out of bed. Lie back down; you’re very weak. You’re dying.” But he tried to get back out of bed, and my wife said again, “No. Please lie back down in the bed.” She forced him back down in the bed, and she said, “What is it you need?”

    He said, “Gotta save one more for Jesus. Gotta save one more for Jesus. Gotta save one more for Jesus.” He said this over and over maybe 100 times. “Gotta save one more for Jesus.”
  • As I sat there by his bedside, I put my head down and prayed, tears coming down my cheeks. My dad reached up and put his hand on my head — like a blessing — and he said, “Save one more for Jesus. Save one more for Jesus.” I intend for that to be the theme of the rest of my life. And I invite you to make it the theme of your life.

    You were made for a mission.

    Now, I have shared from God’s Word what it means to live a life of purpose, a purpose-driven life.

    What are you going to do about it?

    The Bible says, “David served God’s purpose in his own generation.” I can’t think of a better epitaph. That’s what I want for my life — that when I die people will say, “He served God’s purpose in his generation.”

    And that’s what I want people to say about you, that you served God’s purpose in your generation.

  • As I sat there by his bedside, I put my head down and prayed, tears coming down my cheeks. My dad reached up and put his hand on my head — like a blessing — and he said, “Save one more for Jesus. Save one more for Jesus.” I intend for that to be the theme of the rest of my life. And I invite you to make it the theme of your life.

    You were made for a mission.

    Now, I have shared from God’s Word what it means to live a life of purpose, a purpose-driven life.

    What are you going to do about it?

    The Bible says, “David served God’s purpose in his own generation.” I can’t think of a better epitaph. That’s what I want for my life — that when I die people will say, “He served God’s purpose in his generation.”

    And that’s what I want people to say about you, that you served God’s purpose in your generation.

  • Because this thread is in the Religion category, it is appropriate that I respond from a Christian perspective. And so, the words of King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 come to mind.

    Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 New King James Version (NKJV)

    13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:

    Fear God and keep His commandments,
    For this is man’s all.

    14 For God will bring every work into judgment,
    Including every secret thing,
    Whether good or evil.

    May the Lord God the Creator bless you all.
  • I thought you don't know that TT.
  • So to be like our heavenly Father, we should show His character, which is love. So we are on this earth to fear God, not to be afraid of Him, but to revere Him and honor Him, and to praise Him and to glorify Him.

    We are NOT on this earth to serve time and earn our way to becoming gods some day.

    A god does NOT become subservient to another god.
  • Like what you've mentioned everyone will be judged for thair deeds but what your doing is just like you were god judging other. Isn't it?
  • pekalong,

    Are you judging me for telling the truth? Are you angry at me because the lies of Mormonism and Joseph Smith and the leaders of the LDS organization are being exposed?

    You should not be angry at me. Instead, you should study the Scriptures and compare them to the false teachings of Mormonism, prayerfully. If you open your mind and heart to God to show you the truth, you shall know the truth.

    Your anger should be directed at Satan and the leaders of the Mormon church for all their lies. The teachings of Mormonism are absolutely different from the Bible teachings.

    Do not judge me for telling the truth.
  • You're here on earth to waste our time. So stop these nonesense posts!
  • 1040EZ take it easy you simple form...find your life purpose and you will find that every thing has a purpose...
  • When you know that there is a purpose for your life, not only in this lifetime, but also after this, then you will come to really have a reason to live and hope and aim to please your Creator.

    It is sad when one believes he comes from a one-celled organism which over time eventually evolved into an animal then ended up becoming a man who will die and go back to nothing again. To believe this is to have no hope to attain to great things.

    On the other hand, we you know that you are created by God Who loves you so much that He died for you and wants to spend time in bliss with Him, then you will have a hope and a purpose for your life to live out.

    But you see, this is a matter of a choice of which to believe and what choice to live out. I hope we choose Jesus Christ. In Him is our hope for a good life, now, and in the new earth.
  • TT, I am not judging anyone cause I know that everyone has their free agency to do whatever pleases them. So judging is not in my category. Sharing what I believe would help others understands Jesus Christ's gospel is what my intention is
  • True indeed but a believer of God will make every effort not please him or her but what will pleases God. Isn't it brother pekalong?
  • pekalong,

    Saying I have inappropriate behavior because I post what I believe to be the truth is judging.
  • TT, you mean those things that you've share that people criticized of my church the Mormons are relevant? Never once you can see or hear my church criticizedf any churches in this world. All my church do is spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and baptized those who may want to join the church. Yeah we will share others of Joseph Smith who restored the church and how he restored the it.. You see my friend God and Jesus Christ want you to be polite and humble yourself and preach or spread their gospel. The didn't say that you TT will judge others and humiliate them. So yeah that's why i said you always come in here with mostly inappropriate behaviors that is all from all those criticism sites you've shared.

    ssearche1, thank you and yeah you are absolutely correct.
  • pekalong,

    When you stated in this forum that other churches lie and that they commit adultery and other things, what were you doing? When you talked in a negative way about the SDA church, the Protestant churches in Pohnpei, the Catholic church and other churches, what was that behavior called?

    When someone else does the exact same thing you did, then the behavior is inappropriate? When you do it, it is not? And when someone else does it, it is?

    Is there any truth to the saying that you need to remove the speck of dust in your eye before you can see better to remove the plank that is in someone else's eye?
  • OH! My friend TT I don't go against other denomination but yours only cause that's what you give me I shall return it to you but if its herd then I guess its about time you pause from you inappropriate behaviors and get back to the gospel precisely. Also you are right about the speck of dust in your eyes. I thought you don't know about that and kept doing you inappropriate behaviors. Isn't it exactly what you are doing my friend? Judging and humiliating others, especially my church the lds? Come on my friend wake up and stop dreaming. Now you are showing us your inappropriate behaviors, huh? And pretending that I am the one who is bad. Wow!
  • I am giving you the truth. If you accept it, good for you. If you do not, bad for you.

    But you are not the only person reading the comments posted in this and other threads. Others do and when they see how lying Mormonism is, they will accept the truth and not believe the lies of Satan and his agents on earth.
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    Exactly TT people are reading everything that been shared and can decide who is doing the right thing as Christians and who is not. So yeah keep criticizing and humiliating other especially me and my church. Just so that you may know that I am done with my replications toward you cause for sure its against my churches policy. I will just share what I believe can help others change their lives which is the gospel truth. So my friend i may say yeah keep going full speed on whatever you may want to share either its crucial or not I'll let God handle everything.

    Lastly my friend TT please know that there are also sites that talks about every church and criticized them also.
  • pekalong,

    I am aware of them. Also, I am aware that people can study for themselves and find the truth from the Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit when they sincerely seek to know God's will. It is when we are humble that God can reach us and we can see and accept the truth of God's word.

    When we are arrogant and want to become like God like Satan, we will not be able to learn the truth and will continue to believe a lie.
  • "Cease fire, cease fire". There is enough casualty already.
  • edited September 2016

    I believe in the first chapter in the book of Genesis God created man in his image and both man and women in his image. That make me to believe that it'll be the same when we go back to him in his kingdom. We must be pure and perfect like him cause we are made to be like him. What I've shared above explains a little of why we believe that man can become LIKE God. Remember, become like God is totally different then become God. So if you my friend didn't agreed with that me and my church teaches then may I asked you to please mind your own business and share your testimony, faith and believe of your church? By the way no one has understand already where you coming from and what denomination are you.
  • "Cease and desist", please, before you render everyone doomed , lost (unredeemable).
  • pekalong,

    You have the freedom of choice and free will to read or not to read my posts.
  • I know that God gave free agency to everyone but that doesn't mean he wants us to use our free agency wrongly. He want us to use our free agency according to his wills which is to do good things only and that's why i believe that your absolutely not abiding with what God wants you to do. You know what I mean my friend TT?

    I don't know what you are doing but to me, I believe God works intend to do only good works that will not retaliate others of what they are doing in accordance to the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is why from now on i will just share the teachings of my believe and faith.
  • pekalong,

    When you or anyone else tell a lie as concerns the word of God, I will God willing expose that lie and point to the truth.

    To remain silent is to be a part of that lie.
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