What Is The Purpose of Life?

Question: “What is the purpose of life, what am I to do with my life?”

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The search for the purpose of life has puzzled mankind for thousands of years because man normally looks in the wrong direction.  He looks at his own interest.  What do I want from life, what do I want to be, what are my goals and dreams?  However, these never answer the question, what is my purpose in life because they miss the real question, what was I created for?  

The Lord has made all things for himself (Proverbs 16:4).

Life should encompass letting God use us for His intended purpose and not trying to use God for our purpose. We need to draw near to God and learn the purpose for which He made us.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).  We were made to give God glory.

How did Jesus glorify the Father  

I have glorified you on the earth: I have finished the work which you gave me to do (John 17:4).

How do we bring glory to God

The following provide six actions that bring glory to God.

How do we learn to give God glory

The best way to discover the use of a new machine is to read the Owners Manual.  The best way of discovering our purpose in life is to read God’s Owners Manual, the Bible. In it we will discover our purpose in life.  It tells us where we came from, who we are, how we are to live, what is expected of us, where we are going, and how to ask God for His directions.  Then we can build our life on God’s truth.

There are two parts to the question, “what is the purpose of life”.  The first part applies to all humanity.

You art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for you have created all things, and for your pleasure they are and were created (Revelation 4:11). God created us for His pleasure.

We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). Within this good work, we are called to love God and those He creates, and to share God’s great love of humanity by telling others of His love and salvation.  

And he said, You shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and your neighbor as yourself (Luke 10:27).

In this world, the greatest action we can take is to help others find salvation. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

What were we created for?  God created us to love, obey, and follow the Lord our God, and in love to tell others of God’s great love and salvation through Jesus Christ.  This is God’s greatest and first commandment for each one of us (Matthew 22:37).

The second part of this question “what is the purpose of life” is more specific to each individual.  What service has each of us specifically been created for?

We discover our identity and purpose through a relationship with God.  God designed our purpose in life before creation, and that purpose includes being a part of a much larger universal design.


The Lord says, I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you (Psalm 32:8). Unfortunately, many, including many pastors, are so busy doing what they think the Lord wants of them that they completely fail to ask God what He wants.

Many of us are driven, but we must ask ourselves, “What am I driven toward?”  Are we driven in the same direction that we were made for?  The purpose of our life is not about living for ourselves, but about living for our creator. This world is not my home and my life here is but a test for my eternity.

We have dif­ferent gifts, according to the grace given to each of us (Romans 12:6). We need to align our gifts and talents with God’s plans. “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’” (Jeremiah 29:11).

The conclusion of the matter

Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).

Our life will be in harmony with God as we recognize and follow our creator and the service He created us for.

The purpose of life is a loving obedient relationship with our heavenly Father.

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