One of my absolute favorite revelations that God has given me is the one you are about to read. God began speaking to me about the importance of recognizing my identity in Him very early on in my Christian walk. Eventually, every person wonders to themselves what their purpose on earth is, or what their calling or destiny will be. Inevitably, everyone forms their own existential opinion. Sometimes these opinions are right, but most of the time they are wrong.
Who am I?
What an important, profound, and deep question. This one question alone is critical for us to reflect on, because during the musing of this simple question that we ask ourselves within the quiet, privacy of our own thoughts God loves to speak to us.
A long time ago, before Christ came into my life, I decided to go on a road trip. This road trip ended up being over 10,000 miles long, and I drove through some extremely remote areas in the United States and Canada. During some of the road trip I had company with me, and during other times in the road trip I was completely alone. At one point on the trip I spent two weeks in almost complete isolation. The only people I saw during this lonely period of time were folks working at gas stations and at restaurants or grocery stores I briefly stopped at. During this period of solitude I found myself reflecting on my life and musing about my existence and purpose. In the quiet peace in the long, lonely hours of the car ride, God began speaking to me as I pondered anything and everything that came to mind.
While driving I reflected on my last four years at a university where I had pretty much only been living for myself. I thought about all the parties that I went to, some of the good times I had, and all of the bad times. There were so many bad times… I never took the time to reflect on my life before these two weeks of seclusion on the road trip, and I had never really considered my past in a real, meaningful way. As I pondered my past I began to wake up to the pain and the destruction that I had caused while I was living for my own selfish needs. There were so many people that I hurt so badly, and I never even noticed or cared. I was so wrapped up in what I wanted and what I needed that I trampled everyone who got in my way. I used anyone I wanted to during this time, especially women, who always walked away hurt the worst by me.
Thinking about the pain that I brought to others brought tears to my eyes. I didn’t mean to become the person that I was. I always thought I was a good person, but why did I seem to leave a wake of destruction everywhere I went?
Who am I?
This reflective experience on the road was the Holy Spirit convicting me and it eventually led to my salvation. Amazingly, I ended up in a small town called Port Hope, Labrador where I randomly decided to go to a church service on a Sunday evening. The message spoke right to my heart. I asked the pastor for a copy of a Bible so that I could begin studying and they gave me one. It wasn’t long until I was completely committed; I fully dedicated my life to Jesus.
God has a deep desire to speak to you. His will is not to send us to hell, but to save us, heal us, deliver us, and set us free. Many people think that God doesn’t care about them, but do you know that He actually sent His own Son to die on the cross for our salvation!? We read those words and think, yeah I know, I know. I’ve heard that story before. But fathers and mothers can you imagine? Can you imagine deliberately sending your own child to be beaten, abused, scourged, marred beyond recognition, and then killed using the worst death instrument available: crucifixion!? The thought of sending one of my own children to death brings too much pain to my heart to even consider for a moment! But God did exactly that for you. He did it for me. He did it to rescue those who don’t even know they needed rescuing.
The video I posted below is an incredibly powerful illustration of the Father God’s love for us, the pain He experienced at the death of His own Son, and His hope and will for your life. Please don’t skip over this video as you continue reading.
God’s love for us is incredible. His love and his goodness are unfailing. And when our eyes are opened and we begin to understand who He is then we can only fall to our knees in thankfulness and repentance.
You might be slightly confused because this article is meant to be about your purpose in existence. But, truly, in order to accurately describe your purpose and your reason for existence I must describe the character of God, because it is like Him who He designed you to be.
When studying scripture if you go to the very first time a topic is mentioned you can oftentimes find greater detail and purpose behind that subject, word, or doctrine. This is called The Law of First Mention in Bibilical hermeneutics. If you go to the first mentioning of “man” in the Bible you don’t have to travel very far; we are mentioned in Genesis chapter one.
“Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” –Genesis 1:26
In the very first mention of man in the Bible you can see your purpose clearly explained. It is so simple. It is so true and so deep. It is a bigger concept than you can possibly understand and yet at the same time it is completely unambiguous.
YOU WERE MADE TO BE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD, ACCORDING TO HIS LIKENESS.
This foundational truth is the center of Christian beliefs. In the Garden of Eden we were created to reflect the face of God Himself. But when Adam and Eve ate from the tree they stopped reflecting God and instead reflected the image of another. Humanity fell. Tainted by the temptation and conception of sin we no longer displayed the light we were created to carry. And there was only One who could redeem us and restore that light that was lost: Jesus Christ, the Son of God Himself. A perfect sacrifice had to be made to perfectly restore us to our original, created purpose. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice and it is only through His free gift that we can live according to our destinies.
There is unquestionable, biblical proof that all born-again believers are called saints. The word saint is used approximately sixty-one times to describe believers throughout most modern translations of the New testament, and it is never used to refer to a nonbeliever. But do you know what the word saint means? The Greek word for saint is hagios, and it literally translates to mean “holy.” Do you know where else in the New Testament the word hagios, or holy, appears, besides the locations where it describes the saints of God? It is used to describe the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost, the Holy Father, the Holy One of God (another name for Jesus), and is even the same word used to describe the Holy of Holies, which is the innermost room of the tabernacle where God’s presence dwelled with ancient Israel (Hebrews 9:3, 8)!
Did you know that during every single moment of existence for all eternity, there are four living creatures and all the host of heaven worshiping God nonstop, and singing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come,” and they are singing the very same word as our name!!???
It is emphatically astounding to fathom the height, the depth, the length, and the width of God’s extraordinary, endless love for us, and our incredible designed purpose for existence, when we realize that He gave us a name bearing such glory and honor–His very own name!!
“For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and Holy is His name.” –Luke 1:49
Knowing this brings light to the intentions of God for us through scriptures such as 1 Peter 1:15-16, which says, “Be Holy, for I am Holy.”
What is the ultimate purpose of your life? Why were you born? Why do you exist at all? These are questions that the world will always seek, but as believers and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we alone hold the answer. You were made to bear the name and the image of God and be a brightly shining lighthouse where the Lord Himself dwells, and there is no greater purpose, destiny, or calling in all of existence! It is time to claim what He purchased for you through His blood on the cross. You were made to bear His glory, His image, and His name for the kingdom of heaven to proclaim all over the earth, and it is time for you to believe it!!
Never forget that when Jesus died on the cross the veil was torn. This veil represented a separation from humanity and God. A line that could not be crossed. But through Christ’s sacrifice the veil was torn and now we are reconciled to God and may have oneness with Him again. Let’s make that our daily confession!
“I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are… I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that you sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father! The world has not known You, but I have known You; and these have know that You sent Me. And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.“ –John 17:9-11, 20-26
The Trinity is commonly described as containing three persons who are all one. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I want you to think about the trinity and how it relates to us: we are called sons and daughters of the Father in heaven, we are betrothed as the bride of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit lives within us! Can God be any more clear about His desire to be one with us and that we were created to fully represent Him, to walk as He walked, and to be in His image? Can you see that you are actually meant to be included in THE TRINITY with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit themselves?? That fact alone should floor you when you realize how valuable and important you are in existence!! No creature on earth and no angel in heaven was given as important of destiny and as close of a relationship to the One True God that you were!!
This is your true call to purpose for existence. Never forget this.
You are not your job. You are not how much money you make. You are not the clothes you wear. You are not the car you drive. You are not the house you live in. You are not the people you hang out with. You are not your Facebook profile. You are not your relationship status. You are not your age. You are not your problems. You are not your mistakes. You are not your feelings. You are not your parents or lack of parents. You are not your kids.
You are a Christian which means: “Little Christ,” a Follower of the Way, the image of the invisible God, the body of Christ, a saint, the house of God, a city on a hill, a lamp on a lampstand, the light of the world. Be who you were created to be. Step into your destiny and your true identity and NEVER look back again!
- Be holy
- Be peaceful
- Be joyful
- Be hopeful
- Be faithful
- Be gentle
- Be humble
- Be selfless
- Be kind
- Be good
- Be generous
- Be righteous
- Be the light of the world
- And most importantly of all… Be love.
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