Why do you live the life you live? If you’re a follower of Jesus, why do you follow Him? I think this is an important and overlooked question in our daily lives. It’s the ever present and often ignored “Why am I here?” conundrum. So I’m going to ask, and I pray you continually seek out the answer: “Why am I here? What is my purpose?” Unfortunately, most of us, even believers in Christ, are just trying to get through life. We end up patting ourselves on the back for our petty accomplishments, our houses, our jobs, the things we do and build and make for ourselves, and so, seek out our own glory. That was never meant to be why we’re here. Though the Bible says we are but a vapor (and our short time on this earth proves it), we are not here to merely exist. You, whether you believe in Him or not, are a bearer of the image of God. Of all creation, you, human, are made in the image of God. No animal or spiritual being may say the same. That is your purpose, to bear His image. And God is Holy, and calls us to holiness. Because of our sin, we’re destined to die, but Jesus, on the cross, became our sin so that we could become His righteousness(2 Corinthians 5:21). And He also came that we may have new life, not only in the time of the resurrection, but here and now (John 10:10). In the beginning, we walked with God, were commanded to bear His image and be fruitful and multiply, and were given dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:27-30). We squandered that by trying to become what we already were: like God, but on our own terms. And we still chase after that. We try and bear God’s image on our terms. It never works. So I ask again: whose glory do you seek? Are you bearing God’s image, or some distorted view of it? Submit yourself to Jesus, let His Holy Spirit conform you in to His image, and please the Father. This is the place of peace beyond understanding. Isaiah 26:1-15 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
“We have a strong city; he sets up salvation as walls and bulwarks. Open the gates, that the righteous nation that keeps faith may enter in. You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock. For he has humbled the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust. The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy.”
The path of the righteous is level; you make level the way of the righteous. In the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you; your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul. My soul yearns for you in the night; my spirit within me earnestly seeks you. For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. If favor is shown to the wicked, he does not learn righteousness; in the land of uprightness he deals corruptly and does not see the majesty of the Lord. O Lord, your hand is lifted up, but they do not see it. Let them see your zeal for your people, and be ashamed. Let the fire for your adversaries consume them. O Lord, you will ordain peace for us, for you have indeed done for us all our works. O Lord our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us, but your name alone we bring to remembrance. They are dead, they will not live; they are shades, they will not arise; to that end you have visited them with destruction and wiped out all remembrance of them. But you have increased the nation, O Lord, you have increased the nation; you are glorified; you have enlarged all the borders of the land.