Discover Your Purpose in Life on Earth

Dr. Mel TavaresBy Dr. Mel Tavares6 Minutes

The questions of why we exist and the meaning of life on this earth are ones most of us ask. We yearn to discover the reason why we are here and desire to know our life is significant. We all desire to know and feel there is a specific reason for us being born.

The Purpose for Existence of Life on Earth

To discover the purpose of life on earth, one must look at the big picture. All of us are created for God’s pleasure. Humans are made in the image and likeness of God. There are multiple Bible verses to this point, including Genesis 1:27. It brings Him joy when we live our lives for Him and worship Him. Each of us is intricately designed with specific gifts and talents and purposes for being on this earth.

Perhaps you have been taught differently. I urge you to consider the existence of life on earth.

If there is no God, there is no intelligent design. If there is no intelligent design, animals and plants would be here by accident with no purpose. It would also mean you are on earth by accident and just a random chance. That is not the case. Your life has meaning.

The Meaning Your Life Has on Earth

I don’t know your circumstances, but I am sure that you are here for a specific purpose. Often, we get discouraged when we face difficult times and are prone to think there is no meaning and no point in life. The opposite circumstances also lead one to question the real meaning of existing on earth. You may be successful in your career and living comfortably, yet wondering if this is all there is to the purpose of existing.

You are not here by accident. God created you in exactly this space in time, and you were born in your geographic region, to fulfill a specific purpose He designed for you in your generation.  Acts 13:36 (NIV) tells us that David, one of the best-known men of the Bible, “served God’s purpose in his generation“.  Esther is one of the better-known women of the Bible and questioned why she had to be the spokesperson for the Jews. In Esther 4:14 (ESV) she was asked “…and who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Discover Your Specific Purpose on Earth

Your life has a specific purpose too. No one else can do what you are designed to do, because you are unique. God loves unique and thoughtfully designed you.

The Bible says, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex. Your workmanship is marvelous and how well I know it.” (Psalm 139-13-14 NLT)

David had a specific purpose. Esther had a specific purpose.  I’ve already pointed you to Scriptures in the Bible verifying you are created in God’s image, uniquely designed for His pleasure and created for a unique purpose.

Three Steps to Begin Discovering Your Purpose

1. If you are not already a part of a Bible-teaching church, join one. It is there that you will find like-minded Christ-followers who are intent on becoming more like Christ (remember, we are made in His image to become like Him) and desire to live with purpose. They will disciple (teach) you to help you learn more about your purpose.

2. Answer the question “What would I do for the rest of my life, if time and money were no issue and I knew I could not fail?” The answer to your question will reveal your passion. Your purpose is typically aligned with your passion.

3. Begin small and serve others. Oftentimes, we don’t pursue passion because of time, money, and the fear of failure. Are you passionate about cooking? Maybe you can’t afford to open a restaurant right now, but could you cook meals at a soup kitchen? Whatever your passion, find a way to begin to express it in small ways.

If you do not know Jesus personally, it is important to pray and invite Him to dwell in you. If you are unsure of how or what to pray, we have a short video and explanation here.

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