- YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE
Why am I here?Have you ever wondered what life is all about? Why were we born into the world in the first place? Is there more to life than this? Can we be truly happy in our life here on earth? The key to understanding the meaning of life and finding true happiness lies in knowing your purpose in life.
The Bible says there is a God who loves you.This is a good God, who created you to have a relationship with Him and to enjoy His blessings.
"The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: 'Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; ..."
"[Jesus says] I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (to have life in all its fullness)."
However, there is a problem.God has given Man freewill to make choices in life; to do what is right, to do good; or to do what is wrong, to do bad. Sadly, we live in a broken-down world with sin and sickness.
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."
1 John 1:8 (TLB)
"If we say that we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth."
All of us have sinned against God and this sin has broken our relationship with Him. As a result, sin causes us to be separated from our God who loves us. Worst of all, sin has an eternal consequence ...
"For the wages of sin is death, ..."
The eternal consequence of sin an eternity in hell, forever cut off from God and His desire to be with us for eternity.
What is the way out?Throughout time, man has tried to bridge the gap with God by religion, philosophy and doing good works. But none of these methods can save us or rid us of our sins and reconcile us back to God. The Bible says that there is only one way ...
"Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."'
Two thousand years ago, God emptied Himself of His glory and came in the form of a human being, Jesus Christ. He personally became the Substitute for you and me to take the punishment of sin.
"For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
And the reason God did this was because He loves us and wants us to know Him.
"But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."
What must I do now to be reconciled back to God?Here’s what you need to do:
(A) Admit that you are a sinner and need to turn from your sins (repentance).
(B) Believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died to pay for your sins and He is alive today.
(C) Confess Jesus Christ as Lord (or Master) and invite Him to come into your life.
You may pray a simple prayer like this:
"Dear Lord Jesus, I admit I am a sinner and I need your forgiveness. I believe that you died for my sins on the cross. I now open the door of my life and invite you in to be my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life from now on. Make me the kind of person You want me to be. I pray this in Your name, Amen."
"That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
John 1:12-13 (TLB)
"But to all who received Him, He gave the right to become children of God. All they needed to do was to trust Him to save them. All those who believe this are reborn! - not a physical rebirth resulting from human passion or plan - but from the will of God."
Once we are saved, what is the purpose for living?The Christian life is a very exciting and supernatural journey!
There are five basic goals in every Christian's life. As you pursue after these goals, you will find a great fulfillment in your life and find yourself growing closer to God.
To know God and to love Him.
To have your character changed to be more like Jesus.
To build meaningful relationships with other Christians.
To use your talents to serve others.
To share this good news with others who have yet to know Christ.
The five goals of worship, discipleship, fellowship, ministry and evangelism can only be properly carried out in the spiritual environment of a local church. So, go and get a Bible today and start reading the Word of God. Then join us at City Harvest or find a Spirit-filled, Bible-believing church where you are comfortable in and start attending it regularly as soon as you can.
Welcome to your new life in Christ, my friend. Put on your "seat-belt" and get ready for the great adventure that God has in store for you!
Taken from City Harvest Church's "Your Purpose In Life"