Each one of us at one time or another has asked one or more of these questions: why am i here?, what is my purpose? what is life about? what am I suppose to be doing? who am I? why did God create me? As we have contemplated these questions throughout our lifetime, there are points in time when we ask the questions over and over again. Perhaps we should think not about the past or present, but look to the end…
The first question in the Westminster Shorter Catechism of 1674 asks is: “What is the chief end of man?” The response is simple and beautiful. It says: “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him for ever.”
Solomon was a man of great wealth and power. Solomon says that life is all about honoring God with our thoughts and lives and thus keeping His commandments, for one day we will stand before Him in judgment. Part of our purpose in life is to fear God and obey Him. Knowing the Word of God by studying and memorizing Scripture and getting it into our hearts is a key element.
God has uniquely designed and created each on of us for His specific purpose. We enjoy God by following His purpose for our lives, which enables us to experience true and lasting joy—the abundant life that He desires for us. Jeremiah 29;11 tells us11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
We must not live in fear of man and let that hold us back from being all God has designed us to be. Because of fear of others being jealous, or envious, there are those who are holding back from the purposes God has for them. It takes a huge step of faith and trust in God to leap and persevere into what He has called each of us. We need to ask God on a daily basis, “Lord, what would you have me to do today to glorify you?” ”What do you want me to do advance Your kingdom… I am your humble servant and I desire to do your will.”
These are questions that we know God will reveal to us, but we have to be obedient lest we live by the “sin of omission”. We are stewards of what He has given us and what He has called us to be. Are we living the grounded life, with our foundation firmly planted on the soles of our feet, living out our element, what God has uniquely gifted in each one of us to be? These are questions to ponder as you prayerfully ask the Lord to reveal how to live in your element.