I recently asked a friend what the purpose of life is as a way to spark a gospel conversation. Her answer was that she really didn’t know. She had no idea. I asked her what she lived for, and again, she couldn’t answer. I felt stumped for a minute, wondering how you go 35 years without thinking deeply about your purpose in life.
I started to wonder how many people, even Christians, walk through their life without setting aside time to define their purpose in life.
Once we complete our education, most of us are removed from the accountability that forces us to complete homework and answer life questions about ourselves. We spend time studying our Bible (I hope you do!), but sometimes that becomes separated from the life we are actually living. It’s important that we take the time to define our Life Purpose according to Scripture, and then evaluate whether or not we are creating priorities accordingly.
Defining Your Life Purpose
As believers, we need to go to Scripture for our life’s purpose. In the next few days, get out your Bible and answer the following questions, find Scripture to go with each answer. (These might seem like no-brainers, but spend the time to write out the answers! I promise it will be helpful.)
1.) What were you created for, ultimately?
2.) What does the Bible say your relationship with God should look like?
3.) What does the Bible say your relationship toward believers (the church) should be?
4.) What does the Bible say your relationship toward unbelievers (the world) should be?
5.) What are the God-given roles you have in life? Put them in order of importance, and, as with the other questions, find Scripture that applies to these roles.
Use the answers you have come up with to create a list of values to live by.
In my free email course, 7 Lessons to a Purposeful, Organized Life, I will walk you through how to write your Personal Mission Statement and priorities, as well as help you get your days organized around these priorities. If you haven’t subscribed, you can click here to join!
This is a course for anyone, believer or unbeliever, so it would be a good opportunity for the gospel if you go through it with a non-Christian friend! Suggest that you hold each other accountable to the homework in the lessons.