other words, people need meaning and purpose in life. Our focus on
materialism from both the political right and left — on income
inequality and intersectional victimhood from the left, and on tribal
affinity and economic deregulation from the right — ignores the key
problem: Americans, particularly young Americans, increasingly don’t
feel that their lives have purpose. This isn’t a problem that can
be cured by redistributing Xboxes. This is a problem of the soul.
writes about the skyrocketing levels of suicide in the USA:
to the Centers for Disease Control, youth suicide is in the midst of
a precipitous and frightening rise. Between 2006 and 2016, suicides
by white children between ages 10 and 17 skyrocketed 70%; while black
children are less likely than white children to kill themselves,
their suicide rate also jumped 77%. And as TheBlaze
points out, CNN reported last year that “the suicide rate among
girls between the ages of 15 and 19 rose to a 40-year high in 2015.”
not just young people. According to Tom Simon, a CDC report author,
“We know that overall in the US, we’re seeing increases in
suicide rates across all age groups.” As of 2016, suicide levels
were at 30-year highs.
Is Our Purpose in Life?
God wanted a beautiful earth.
He wanted to delegate something to maintain it.
God created Adam and Eve to be those maintainers.
God created them with a reasonable soul (ability to reason and learn)
and the communicable attributes of God in order to accomplish this.
Genesis 5:1 CSB - This
is the document containing the family records of Adam. On the day
that God created man, he made him in the likeness of God.
Psalm 8:6-8 CSB - You
made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under
his feet: all the sheep and oxen, as well as the animals in the
wild, the birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea that pass
through the currents of the seas.
Genesis 1:26 CSB - Then
God said, "Let us make man in our image, according to our
likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky,
the livestock, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the
Genesis 2:15 CSB - The
LORD God took the man and placed him in the garden of Eden to work it
and watch over it.
1 John 1:3 CSB - what
we have seen and heard we also declare to you, so that you may also
have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father
and with his Son Jesus Christ.
Fellowship is meeting together to talk and enjoy life together,
having a common cause and purpose.
The Greek word for fellowship here is κοινωνία koinōnia. It
means having beliefs in common, fellowship, participation. (Source)
1 Corinthians 1:9 CSB - God
is faithful; you were called by him into fellowship with his Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.
Philippians 2:1 CSB - If
then there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of
love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy.
To glorify God
By our thoughts, desires, words, and deeds reflecting the image of
God. He is holy, loving, just, etc., so also He wants us to be this.
Ephesians 4:22-24 CSB - to
take off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by
deceitful desires, to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to
put on the new self, the one created according to God's likeness in
righteousness and purity of the truth.
Some examples are found in Ephesians 4:25-32.
Romans 1:21 CSB - For
though they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or show
gratitude. Instead, their thinking became worthless, and their
senseless hearts were darkened.
This passage teaches that there is a common failure.
Do not glorify God.
Are not thankful.
Glorifying by praising in song: Romans 15:9 CSB - and
so that Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and I will sing
praise to your name.
Telling God thank you glorifies Him: Psalm 50:23 CSB - "Whoever
sacrifices a thank offering honors me, and whoever orders his
conduct, I will show him the salvation of God."
Humbling ourselves glorifies God: Psalm 86:9 CSB - All
the nations you have made will come and bow down before you, Lord,
and will honor your name.
Obeying God’s rules glorifies Him, but disobedience is proof of NOT
glorifying Him: 2 Timothy 3:2 CSB -
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud,
demeaning, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy.
Believing God glorifies Him:
Did NOT believe: Deuteronomy 9:23 CSB - "When
the LORD sent you from Kadesh-barnea, he said, 'Go up and possess the
land I have given you'; you rebelled against the command of the LORD
your God. You did not believe or obey him.
John 6:69 CSB - "We
have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God."
John 11:27 CSB - "Yes,
Lord," she told him, "I believe you are the Messiah, the
Son of God, who comes into the world."
Hebrews 11:6 CSB - Now
without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws
near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who
For good works
Matthew 5:16 CSB - "In
the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may
see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Ephesians 2:10 CSB - For
we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which
God prepared ahead of time for us to do.
spring from the principle of love to God. The moral character of an
act is determined by the moral principle that prompts it. Faith and
love in the heart are the essential elements of all true obedience.
Hence good works only spring from a believing heart, can only be
wrought by one reconciled to God (Ephesians 2:10; James 2:18:22).
works have the glory of God as their object; and
have the revealed will of God as their only rule (Deuteronomy
12:32; Revelation 22:18,19).
works are an expression of gratitude in the believer's heart (John
14:15,23; Galatians 5:6). They are the fruits of the Spirit (Titus
2:10-12), and thus spring from grace, which they illustrate and
strengthen in the heart.
works of the most sincere believers are all imperfect, yet like
their persons they are accepted through the mediation of Jesus
Christ (Colossians 3:17), and so are rewarded; they have no merit
intrinsically, but are rewarded wholly of grace.