Key Verse: “He has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.” – 2 Timothy 1:9
I recently read the following statement in an online forum. “I’m overwhelmed by a sense of meaninglessness. I’m 45 and have a good life. I like my job and have great friends, but sometimes I feel I have no purpose. Is this all there is?
When was the last time you fought with a sense of purpose for your life or the meaning of life in general? In Ecclesiastes, the writer, probably Solomon, tells us: ‘I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and a chasing after the wind.’ The Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle once noted, ‘A man without purpose is like a ship without a rudder.’ If we do not have any future aims and ambitions for ourselves and humanity, then it is impossible to set a course to get there.
It is a sad reality, that billions of people in this world and throughout the ages have felt that there is no purpose to life, to being here on this earth and existing. Many people are caught in a spiral of depression where they believe there is nothing they can do will bring them meaning and purpose in this life..
The keywords in Solomon’s statement in Ecclesiastes are ‘under the sun,’ if we only look at life from a human perspective, it will all seem meaningless. Modern science teaches us that we are here by chance, but that’s not what the Bible declares. When we are in Christ and called to be sons and daughters of the Most High, not only does God give us a new belief system and a new direction in life, but also a new purpose for life.
Although we may feel that our current life is not particularly rewarding, we can always fix our minds on God’s potential for our saved lives. God created each one of us with purpose and only by drawing close to Him can we fully realize this. If nothing else, our purpose is to live a righteous life, doing to others as we would expect them to do unto us- to love our neighbour as ourself. As we begin acting on the things God has already revealed to us, He will quickly take care of the rest.