Why do you exist?

Why Do You Exist?

Have you ever paused to ask yourself, ‘what’s the point of my life?’ If you have, then maybe, you’ve felt lost and deeply terrified. And if you haven’t, then ask yourself now – ‘what’s my purpose?’ It’s an intimidating thought, but everyoneshould wrestle with it. We can easily go through the everyday motions and forget to ask ourselves the most important of questions. So push aside the chaos, snap out of autopilot and really consider it – ‘why am I here?

Is This It?

Some people say there’s no purpose. Others say we can never know our purpose. But everyone lives for something. Maybe it’s religion, enjoyment or money. Or perhaps it’s career, popularity, or family. But surely, these can’t be the reasons for our entire existence. They often leave us asking, ‘is this it?’ Either we feel dissatisfied; or these things are eventually taken from us; or we’re eventually taken from them when we die. This proves that they can’t give us ultimate purpose. So the question remains, ‘why do I exist?’

Made For More

The reason why you desperately search for purpose but feel unfulfilled is because you were made for more. It’s like trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. It just doesn’t fit. You were made for something that doesn’t leave you dissatisfied; that can’t be taken from you; and that will remain after you die. The only possibility that makes sense is that you were made for God. You were made to enjoy Him in an intimate relationship. That’s why you exist. “There is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist” – 1 Corinthians 8:6.

The Problem

The problem is that even though you were made for God, you’ve spent your entire life chasing after money, popularity, power, self and much more. He deserves your life and is the only one who can fulfil you. God wants the best for you – Himself. But you’ve persisted in rejecting Him. This is called sin. And God is greatly angered by sin. He’s warned that He will punish guilty sinners in hell forever. Therefore, your rebellion has provoked His separation from you. That means you can’t fulfil your purpose. As long as you’re separated from God, you’ll always be dissatisfied. And your dissatisfaction will only intensify with each passing day. “For those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury” – Romans 2:6-8.

The Solution

But because of God’s love, He’s taken the initiative to rescue you from your dissatisfaction and future punishment. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ on a rescue mission. Jesus lived the perfect life sinners were required to live; He died on the cross and received the punishment of rebels, so that God wouldn’t be angry with them; and then three days later He gloriously came back to life. Jesus did everything necessary to save you. All you have to do is turn from your sin and completely trust in Him for salvation. By surrendering to Jesus, you’ll escape hell and finally have an answer to the question, ‘why do I exist?’ “For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit” – 1 Peter 3:18.

You exist to know God, so come and know Him today.

Means of grace

The Avenues of Grace for Growth

“For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counsellor?” (Romans 11:34)

God is infinite. And being infinite, He is beyond our comprehension. There is no way our minds can process or exhaust the essence of God. He is in a category of His own. Even if God somehow tried to upload the infinite data of His Being into our fragile and finite frames, it would be an overload of information and we would likely disintegrate.

Is there any hope to know God, then? There is a tendency in our day to see mediation as a problem. People would much rather experience God through a direct revelation than spend one hour with Him in the Word. The means God uses to communicate Himself is minimised, and mediation is perceived as a cold and inferior spiritual experience. In other words, there is a fascination with immediate experiences of God, while mediated experiences are treated as a second-rate spiritual encounter. Of course, the solution is not sacramentalism – the practice of elevating the means as an end in themselves. But the remedy to the problem of how we can know God is not in abandoning the means either. It’s precisely the opposite; mediation is the solution. Jesus Christ is the very incarnation of this reality. “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).

God has allocated and set in place particular avenues which strengthen the faith of His people and mould them into the image of Christ. In other words, He has promised to reveal Himself through certain means that He has graciously given for their growth. And these avenues are not ‘inferior’ experiences of God, but God’s way of meeting with us in our finite, limited, broken humanity.

Christian: if this is the case, then why would you withhold or deprive yourself of growth? Why would you intentionally put yourself in the way of harm by not attending to the means of grace? Why would you shoot yourself in the foot? Therefore, don’t just attend to the means of grace, throw yourself at them with faith and priority. Spend a meaningful amount of time in fervent prayer; engage expectantly in reading the Word; attend the local assembly on the Lord’s Day; partake of the Lord’s Supper; hear the preaching of the Word with enthusiasm; actively seek to share your faith and plead with sinners to be reconciled to God; spend some time fasting.

Yes, the means of grace are simply a means to an end – but they are a necessary means. What a joy and a privilege it is to know our God, and to have the means of grace given to us for the purpose of becoming more like Jesus Christ our Saviour and Lord. “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another” (2 Corinthians 3:18).