The chief purpose of life


To many, the main reason for their existence on earth is to be happy and have joy as much as they can. This was my philosophy of life too while growing up as a teenager, until I lost my mother to the cold hands of death. Then I began to ask myself, what is the purpose of life when we will all still die one day? As I moved closer to God on my own, I discovered that, the chief purpose of life is not happiness, but the knowledge of God.

One reason why life seems so puzzling to many people, is that they tend to think that if God exists, then His main goal for men’s life is happiness in this world, but from the Christian’s point of view, this is false. Man’s end is not happiness in this world, but the knowledge of God, which will ultimately bring true and everlasting human fulfillment. The Word of God says :

“Seek first the kingdom of God and it’s righteousness, and every other good things shall be added unto you” (Matt 6:33).

Today in our society, people (even those who call themselves believers) don’t seek the knowledge of God (which is the kingdom of God and everything about Him), instead they pursue happiness. Unfortunately, they are not getting the happiness, this is because many evil occur in life which may be utterly pointless with respect to the goal of producing human happiness, however they may not be unjustified with respect to producing the knowledge of God.

From the Christian point of view, this life is not all there is. Jesus promised eternal life to all who place their trust in Him as their saviour and lord. In the afterlife, God will reward those who have borne their suffering in courage and trust, with an eternal life of unspeakable joy. The apostle Paul, who wrote much of the new testament, lived a life of incredible suffering. Yet he wrote,

“we do not lose heart for this slight, momentary affliction, is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, because we look not to the things that are seen, but to the things that are unseen, for the things that are seen are eternal”. (Cor 4:16-18).

Paul imagines a scale, as it were, in which all the suffering of this life are placed on one side, while on the other side is placed, the glory that God will bestow on His children in heaven. The weight of this glory is so great that it is literally beyond comparison with the suffering and momentary affliction, they were simply overwhelmed by the ocean of divine eternity and joy which God lavishes on those who trust Him. How can you trust Him, when you don’t know who He is? What He is capable of doing? etc. How can you access the eternal joy and happiness, when you don’t trust Him?.

Thus, we need to seek Him with all our heart, then we can know him, trust Him and enjoy His unspeakable joy. We should stop pursuing the worldly happiness. That is not our main purpose of existence.

To know God – the source of infinite goodness and love, is an incomparable good and the fulfillment of human existence. The suffering of this life cannot even be compared to it. Thus, the person who knows God, no matter what he suffers, no matter how awful his pain, can still say “God is good to me”, simply by virtue of the fact that he knows God – an incomparable good, the ultimate happiness and stream of life.

Having the knowledge of God, will lead to the ultimate happiness you need in life. Then get growing. Get busy building your foundation for happiness. How? By finding out what God says in His Word and doing it.

You see, the source of happiness is a continual lifestyle built on the Word of God. It is doing whatever God tells you to do, thinking what He tells you to think, and saying whatever He tells you to say. I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life. Godly happiness comes when you start obeying the instructions Jesus gave us in Matthew 6: 31-33 :

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ’what shall we eat?’ or ‘what shall we drink?’ or ‘what shall we wear?’. 32 “for after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 “But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right) and then all those things taken together will be given you besides (The Amplified Bible).

You put yourself in a position for happiness when you seek after God and do things His way. I’ll be honest with you though, there will be times when you can’t see how that happiness is going to come, but obeying God always works to your advantage in the end! It pays! That’s the way it always is. You have to take the whole Bible to have a good source and foundation for Godly happiness.

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth” (Deuteronomy 28:1).

Think of it this way, every right action you take, every Godly decision you make, you are putting another block on your foundation of happiness. With that foundation laid, you will be ready to step out in faith and receive the abundance God has in store for you.

By: Olu Daniel Abiodun

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