You matter to history and to this universe. You matter to God.
God’s purpose for your life is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your accomplishments, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It will last longer than your family, your ministry, or even your dreams and ambitions. To know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by His purpose and for His purpose.
The search for the purpose of life has puzzled people for thousands of years. That’s because we typically begin at the wrong starting point – ourselves. We ask self-centered questions like: “What do I want to do with my life? What are my goals, my ambitions, and my dreams for my future?” Focusing on yourself will never reveal your life’s purpose because the Bible says in Job 12:10, “It is God who directs the lives of His creatures; everyone’s life is in His power.”
You were made in God’s own image (Genesis 1:27) for His glory (Isaiah 43:7). You were created to show the world what God looks like. So they would know how good He is. He spoke the entire world into existence, but he stopped and did something different for humanity. He took time to form man from the dust of the ground and He breathed on us to give us life (Genesis 2:7). The fact is, you were fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13). Jesus said that He even knows the number of hairs on your head, that you aren’t forgotten, you have value to Him (Luke 12:7). You are the object of His affection, a pearl of great price. He gave up His own life to save you, so He could be with you. It sounds like you are highly valued!
How then do you discover the purposes that you were created for?
You only have two options. Your first option is speculation. This is what most people do. They conjecture, they guess, they theorize.
The second and best option is to seek the heart of our loving heavenly father. Since God has called you, He is completely able to reveal your purpose to you, and He will reveal your purpose as you diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6). He has uniquely gifted you with special abilities! Those abilities aren’t just for you, He meant them to be used for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7), so you would reflect His image in this dark world. It might be time for you to put those gifts to work, to step out of the bleachers and onto the field!
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.