The world around us suggests that if you find a passion and follow it, you’ll discover the purpose of life. But will you really?
I’ve been searching for meaning and purpose of life since I can remember. Have you been too?
When I was a teenager, I thought that if I had a hobby, I would find the meaning. In my late teens, I was exploring who I was. In my 20s, search for the purpose meant I wanted to find the right course at uni and a career to pursue.
When I became a Christian, I still looked for something. This time, my aim was to please God but I still considered doing something to be the purpose of life. I used to say: I know Jesus is my focus but what I should do with my life?
Now, I know the purpose of life is not about doing. I feel I’m a bit closer to discovering what makes life purposeful and meaningful. I want to share it with you.
Read on if you too are searching for answers or are curious what I’ve discovered.
Passion isn’t enough
Lately, any article (mostly secular) I read about the meaning and purpose of life is about passion, doing what you love and finding inner peace and joy. These things are important but I don’t think they are the purpose of life.
In the end, passion is only a passion – something to do, something to fix our mind on and develop in. What if, for any reason, you can’t pursue your passion?
A few months ago, my husband had to go away for a few weeks and I stayed at home with our daughter. I couldn’t do a lot of the things I usually do and enjoy doing. I didn’t have enough time for everything and I had to focus on our daughter. Was the meaning of life gone then? I discovered that it wasn’t and I’ll tell you why in a moment.
What about inner peace and joy? People are right saying that they make life meaningful but where do they come from? If, as the world suggests, they came from doing what you love, what would happen when you could no longer do what you want? Would your life lose its meaning?
Purpose in the life itself
The good news is: no, it wouldn’t. There’s a purpose in every life and in every moment of it, whether you do what you love or not. Having inner peace and joy is not about finding the balance but about connecting with the One in whom the life began.
The purpose is in the life itself. It doesn’t depend on external circumstances, your hobby, occupation, education, wealth or a place of birth, or anything else.
We were all created by God and in His image. God has created each of us for a reason. He didn’t bring us to this world to live a purposeless life. I’ve hung on to this thought many times, especially when I felt no meaning in life. I remind myself: surely, there MUST be a reason I am here.
That purpose is to live with God, in God and let Him live in you. And to become more and more like Him every day. We’re here to connect to him, as the branch to the vine, and produce the fruits to bring Him glory.
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”John 15:5 (NLT)
We’re here for fellowship and it makes us complete. I could go on and on to show you different aspects of being connected to God but the bottom line is: your life has a purpose and it is found in God.
Go to the source
When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, people surely asked him what its purpose was and how he made it. They didn’t go to a person who invented something else, because that person wouldn’t know Edison’s process of thinking and the purpose of his invention.
Likewise, when we look for the purpose of life, we need to ask God to give us the
When God created the world, He already had everything, and He was everything. He didn’t need the human kind for any specific reason. God, the Father, already lived in perfect unity with God, the Holy Spirit, and God, the Son. He didn’t need much more in ‘emotional’ sense. Still, He wanted us. He wanted His nature to be displayed in us, so not only He could ‘benefit’ from it.
Think of a married couple. The two people love each other so much that they want to pass on that love to someone – they have a baby. That’s what God did, in a way. He birthed us. He brought life to us, so we can experience the love He created.
Being not doing
When He created Adam, and later Eve, they lived together in the Garden of Eden, in harmony with animals and plants. God created us for relationships. First, with himself and then with others.
When we think of a purpose of life, we think of doing something but that’s not what God means. Yes, he’ll give each of us an assignment but the primary purpose of life is in the idea of life itself – human life being born of God.
We’ll go through different experiences in life – valleys and mountain tops, and God wants us to stay close to Him through each of them. We may be doing what we love but if we don’t obey God in the things of everyday, we are not really living a purposeful life.
Passion after the relationship
You’ve probably heard it before: we’re human beings
What we do, and our passions need to be born out of our relationship with God. First, we connect to the mission-giver and then we work on the mission.
If we’re in a close relationship with God, He’ll reveal us our calling. Don’t focus on finding the purpose of life to the point that it becomes your idol. God won’t leave you without something to do.
He called you here for these time and in this place, for a reason, not for waste, and he has carefully drafted a plan for you, but what you do, doesn’t make your life more or less purposeful. The purpose is in the life itself. Go and enjoy it.