The Westminster Catechism, after careful thought and study, sums up that “the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
It is an honor and privilege to speak before my fellow students about relevant and meaningful topic- Finding Purpose in this Life. Like you, I am also a sojourner on this journey and very prone to wander from the Path of Purpose.
If we look in ourselves and around us, one of our biggest challenges is to answer the question: Why Am I Here? What on earth am I here for? Why Do I Exist? Where Am I Heading To?
Purpose- means an object to be attained, a course of action, a way, a direction. In philosophy, they call it Teleology. Tele-ology the study of the far ends or the ultimate purpose.
If we don’t know our ultimate purpose or end, we won’t know what steps to take. If we don’t know our destination, we won’t know which bus to take.
Someone also said, if we don’t know our purpose, someone will define it for us. That’s why some people just go with the flow, wherever the waves or feelings go, only follow what our self wants.
Sabi ni Jose Rizal, “Walang halaga ang buhay na di nauukol sa isang layuning dakila, parang isa itong bato na nalulustay sa sakahan na sana sa halip maging sangkap sa isang gusali.”
Ang problema ng kabataan ngayon ay para tayong mga bato na hindi nag papabilang sa isang dakilang gawain, naka lupaypay lamang sa putikan na hindi lang man magamit.
Dahil diyan, ang kalakasan natin ay nalulustay lamang sa mga layuning hindi naman talaga dakila. Kadalasay nasasayang lamang sa mga pabugso-bugso ng ating damdamin at pansariling kaisipan.
The problem with many young people today is that we don’t follow our Ultimate Purpose. We may have short term goals, medium term goals, and long-term goals such as getting a degree, buying a phone, starting a business, saving money, getting a spouse, buying a vehicle, earning my first million, etc. But not the purpose that will go beyond death itself.
Another problem is we are swayed to False Philosophies, False Purposes:
-Many young people lived their purpose to oppose Capitalism, they go the mountains.
-Some live for a false prophet or false religion such as Materialism
-Some as if their purpose is just to oppose political candidates
The Importance of Having an Ultimate Purpose
1. Knowing your purpose simplifies your life.
- It defines what you do what you don’t do. Your purpose determines what activities are important and what activities are not.
3. Many people are living out their purpose, but just their self-defined purpose. But who should define our purpose? What is our supreme authority? And that should be from the One who made us. And we can only know His Will through His Word, the Scriptures. The Owner or Designer is the One that knows the Supreme Purpose of His Creation.
Life Purpose from the Text: Colossians 3:23
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…”
This text was a part of Paul’s instructions to the Christians in Colosse. Paul instructed that since they have been risen in Christ, they have to put off earthly things and put on virtues to our lives so we can have a peacful and happy relationship with God and with one another.
Note that the keyword here is Risen. These commands were, in context, give to people who were once dead and now alive.
Life is a picture of death and life. We were all born with a heart that is dead, or disconnected, to the life and things of God. We are dead, meaning, unresponsive and lifeless and not hungering and thirsting for things which are from above. We are only excited and enliven by things from below.
It is not enough to decorate the body of the dead person expecting it to have life. The Gospel, does not improve a dead person physical condition, but resurrects a person. It is power (Romans 1:16).
The things to put off include:
Sexual immorality, impurity, covetousness, anger, gossip, lying and the old self.
The things to put on include:
Compassionate heart, kindness, humility, patience, bearing with one another, forgiveness (as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must forgive your family), and above all, LOVE.
Be thankful, let the peace of Christ rule your heart, and sing hymns to encourage one another.
Then, Paul gave instructions to specific members of the household such as the wife, the husband, children and servants.
Verse 23 was given to the servants: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…”
From this text, we can draw ____ insights about our Purpose for Living:
“Whatever you do”
It means that everything we do is to be done for the Lord. There is no such thing as sacred and secular division, holy and unholy activities. Every deed, everything that we do is to be done for the Ultimate Purpose of pleasing God.
“as for the Lord.”
Our purpose in whatever we do, whether we work, we play, we sleep, we eat, we do business, we study, we take exams, our supreme purpose if for the Lord. In other words: To give pleasure for the Lord, to offer it to the Lord, to glorify the Lord.
This command was also addressed to the slaves/bondservants.
22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters,[a] not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord..
Before coming to Christ, we as slaves are just pleasing men.
What do men-pleasers do?
The characteristic of a person who is not in Christ, is that he or she is a continual and unrepentant man-pleaser or self-pleaser.
They seek the approval of men and not of God. Or they want the praise and honor for themselves. They steal the glory that is to rightfully deserved by God.
That is the danger of our hearts. We have the tendency to be addicted to be empty applauses of men.
So we tend to do our job when we know someone is looking at us. Because our boss cannot see us all the time, our authorities cannot see us all the time, our parents cannot see us all the time, we stop doing a good job when no one is looking.
Pilate, wanting to please the crowd, washed his hands and authorized the killing of Jesus.
Pharisees, were exposes by Jesus because they want to appear religious but deep inside they are only pleasing men and not God. In Matthew 6, Jesus said they did their “charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. They fast, they pray, they give offering because they want to be praised by men.
False Prophets. Christ said, “Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their father to the false prophets,” (Lk. 6:26). The false prophets were praised by men because they only spoke what the people want to hear. Paul said, many people “will not endure sound doctrine,” and will gather “teachers who will tickle their ears.”
Ways to Glorify God:
- We are all slaves.
- Confess our sins. Acknowledge our slavery under sin.
- Repent and turn to the Master.
- Colossians 1:10 says, “Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work.” Good works are fruit. When we live a life of good works, the world will see and glorify our Father in heaven.
- Enjoy God- Find pleasure in Him
- “The chief purpose of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
- Glorify God
- Glorify God in times of blessings
- Glorify God in times of sorrow and pain
- When your loved one dies
- When you get cancer
- When you fall into sin, glorify God by Getting down on our knees and confessing the sin in our lives. We need to pray with David, “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).