What is the purpose of life? I’m sure that many of us sit here and ask ourselves the big questions: what are we here for? Or at least, we’ll sit there aimlessly, with no goal or aim for ourselves, letting every day go by as a routine, and nothing changes. 

There is this big empty hole in our lives – the feeling of having no purpose, no goal in our lives, and no will to achieve. Maybe we try to fill this hole in our lives through sports, good grades or having lots of friends, but, for many of us – when we are truly alone – we have that feeling of boredom and no genuine goal in life. Maybe some of you have had times where you’ve gotten a bad mark on a test and your parents scold you, and you get in an argument with friends, and you might wonder, what is the point of living?

Personally, I often feel like I have no purpose and wonder what my calling is, while other times I just feel like I have no goals or ambitions. Especially during more recent years, as life has become more stressful and busy, I’ve sat there and wondered, “what is the point of all this?” I’ve often felt like I have nothing to achieve in life, and I’m sure that there are others around me who feel the same.

God gave us a Purpose

Ephesian 2:10 states,
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do Good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do”, 

This verse highlights that we have a divine purpose from God: to do good works and glorify God, serving Him and the people around us. We have heard all of this before, and for many of us, from a very young age, but it still begs the question. 

How do we find purpose? 

Each of us has been uniquely shaped by God, and have many unique skills, talents and characteristics. So sit down and ask yourself, what is it that I love doing? What is it that I am good at? For some, this may be music, or perhaps a love for computers. 

Then ask yourself, how can I glorify God through this? It could be serving at your local church, through a musical avenue or helping set up presentations – whatever it is, everyone has their own calling from God. Everyone was given their own talents by God, things we are good at and we can enjoy, and we can find a way to glorify God through them.

But what about our academic life? Our other pursuits? How should we approach this? 

For the glory of God

1 Corinthians 10:31 states, 

‘So whether you eat or drink, whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.’

Many of us often lack motivation, but Phillippians 4:13 reminds us, that “I can do all things, through Christ who gives me strength”, and that there is a purpose for every life. In whatever we do, our job, our studies, our ministries, we are to do it for the glory of God, meaning we take it seriously and do it as if we were doing it for God himself, for example if we are playing an instrument, we play it as if God is in front of us.

God is such an important part of our life, because he is the key to finding goals and a purpose in life. 

Sit down and pray to God, and ask Him to help you find your purpose. God has a purpose for each and every one of us, because He created all of us and knows you better than you know yourself. Pray for God to help you find meaning and ambitions, and use your passions to glorify God in whatever you do, from your academic studies, sporting activities, and the way you act towards others.  

In whatever we do, may we be reminded that “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-24

Many of us struggle to find purpose, and have other struggles in our lives, whether this be in our family life, perhaps social life, work or maybe school, but we can all come to know God better, as a collective. Come visit us at the Regeneration Z Convention

Prayer In A World of Chaos

Prayer is something that many of us partake in, in our daily lives. Among all of the things we do each and every day, how important is our personal time with God? Is prayer something we truly indulge in, or is it just another activity within our daily routine?

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

If we are truly in God, we do not have to fear anything. Prayer is our personal time with God, our time where we can speak to him personally, open up to Him about our struggles and give thanks for what He has given us. It is a time when we can express our feelings and our hardships to God, or pray to God to ask for forgiveness. However, many of us lack faith, or do not take prayer seriously, and rather consider it as something we are just “used to doing”, because we have been taught to do so since we were young. How many people today take prayer as a serious time to have a one-on-one conversation with God? How many of us simply mutter the same words we repeat every day when it is time to pray? 

Many of us don’t take prayer seriously; rather, prayer is just another part of our routine as if we were brushing our teeth. Prayer allows us as Christians to grow closer to God, by telling God how we feel, as we draw closer to him as it is through prayer that God can reveal to us what is in his heart and mind.

One of the most important aspects of prayer is seeking God, as we are told to, “Ask and it shall be added unto you”, a message highlighted in Matthew 6:33, which states:

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

If we are truly in Christ, God will give unto us what we ask. We just need to seek God in our prayers earnestly. If we ask for something from God and don’t believe – why do we ask? If we are truly children of God – and truly seek God in prayer, He will answer our prayers, whether it be in the near future, or later on. 

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18-19).

At times some people may feel that God is just a being that sits far, far away from us on a throne in heaven, watching us from above. However, we should know that God is close by and available to us when we need him – through prayer. 

We can pray anywhere, whether it be in a private space at home, at school, or in a public space. God is here, closer to us than we can fathom – and he will hear our prayers.

Article by Christian Henderson (17)

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