A young man in our church recently asked me for my thoughts on what is our main purpose in life.
God’s purpose for us on earth would be like any loving parent in having children. If they are good parents, it would be the result of their love, and they would indeed pour out their love on their child. Then the parent would want the best for their child, a future and a hope.
“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Then the parent would want to give everything they have as an inheritance to that child. Luke 12:32 says: “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.” This is called our “inheritance.”
Now, like a multi-billionaire dad, he would not want the child to come into his inheritance before he is mature, so he gives the child a tutor. So too for us, the “tutor” is the Bible. Here, God shows us how to walk into the fullness of what God has promised for us. Jesus is our Guide and our Good Shepherd. As I follow Him, I begin to understand all God has for me.
Acts 26:18 tells us that God’s heart is that His children… “open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance…”
The bottom line of this is that we, like any child, would delight their Father’s heart by reflecting Him and that each of His children become their very best. God really delights in us becoming all we can be and represent God to those around us. All this becomes possible when we make the most eternal decision we can ever make, and that is to receive Jesus Christ as our Guide and Shepherd, Savior and Lord. Now we walk with Him daily into His very best.