The reason why this website is here is to answer the question that we have all asked in times of self-reflection, despair, or total hopelessness. I found myself asking this question at many times in my life, but one time, in particular, stands out the most…
At the time of this, I’m twenty years old living in a small town in Wisconsin, I’ve moved out of my parent’s house to live with my current girlfriend. I had no job, no friends, no education, no future, and ultimately no purpose. Every night I’d stay up until five or six o’clock in the morning trying to convince myself that I wasn’t a waste of life, that I wasn’t a forgotten afterthought. By the time I’d finally got to sleep I’d wake up, and it would be 2 or 3 in the afternoon, and my girlfriend would be back from class. Nothing is more embarassing than someone coming home from their day, and you’re still asleep for no apparent reason. Needless to say, my life was completely in ruins, I had nothing to look forward to, nothing to motivate me to keep going. One time, in particular, it got dark. I was in the spare bedroom playing video games online with some of my friends. We frequently played until late in the night and even early in the morning, but tonight we were playing all night because of the release of a new Call of Duty video game. As I was playing I went to the fridge to make myself some dinner and found that there was a case of beer in the fridge, now I wasn’t a big drinker, but I’d party occasionally. I decided to have a beer with my dinner as I played video games. An hour passed by and it went from one empty beer bottle to six empty beer bottles. As the night wore on it proceeded to be a full side table of empty beer bottles, I cannot fully remember the exact amount as you could imagine things started to get blurry. Around 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning, my friends all decided to call it a night and went to bed; this was upsetting to me because now I am sitting alone completely drunk by myself with nobody to keep me company.
My mind started to take control as I looked around the dark room as it lied empty with what felt like was everyone in the world who cared about me. I looked over at the side table full of empty beer bottles and then glanced at the ground below me and saw my cleared dinner plate with the utensils. I reached down and picked up the knife from the plate as my hand started to shake.
Usually, my mind can fight off these urges to physically harm myself, but tonight after a few too many beers it wasn’t as strong. I held the knife in my hand with my mind racing telling me that this was how my life needed to end. I had no purpose I had been abandoned by everyone in my life including God.
What happened next was nothing short of a miracle, I woke up. It was like what had happened was a dream as I came to with a massive headache letting me know that I didn’t dream what had happened but I had just passed out from excessive drinking. I’d like to think God had a role to play in preventing me from doing something that I couldn’t undo.
Now we flash back forward; I’d love to tell you that this was some massive turning point in my life, that I found my purpose and this story has a happy ending, but I’d be lying. I still find myself day to day asking the same question of “why am I here?”
If you’re like me in any way, then you have asked this question to yourself before and couldn’t find a fulfilling answer. The key word there is “fulfilling” because the answer has been right in front of our eyes the entire time we just have not wanted to see it.
The purpose of us being here is for something bigger than our individual desires and goals, yes God has a plan for us each individually, but that plan is apart of something much bigger.
Think of where you work, for example; you have a certain job whether that be a cashier, accountant, manager, cook, dishwasher, or whatever other title you may hold. Each of those jobs is designed for a certain person to complete the tasks. In a restaurant, the cook’s job is to make the food, but once the food is done does it just sit there on the counter? No, a waiter or waitress comes and takes the food and brings it to the table for the customer to eat. Then after that, the dishwasher cleans the plates, forks, and knives so they can repeat the process the next day and have a successful business.
At the end of the book of Matthew, Jesus tells his disciples what their purpose is:
Matthew 28:19-20 The Message (MSG)
18-20 Jesus, undeterred, went right ahead and gave his charge: “God authorized and commanded me to commission you: Go out and train everyone you meet, far and near, in this way of life, marking them by baptism in the threefold name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Then instruct them in the practice of all I have commanded you. I’ll be with you as you do this, day after day after day, right up to the end of the age.”
You see the purpose of us being here is to go around the world and tell people about the greatness of God and show them the freedom that being a follower of Christ brings. Each of us lives in certain areas around the world, and we hold different jobs, go to different churches, hang out with different people, and have different families. God has placed us where we are to help lead someone closer to Him.
We aren’t on this earth for ourselves or personal endeavors of success; we are here to help others around us experience the joy and warmth of a relationship with God.
So here we go here’s the answer…
For you.
We aren’t here for me; we aren’t here for us as an individual we are here for “you”.
You can be our neighbor, our brother, our parents, our co-workers, or someone younger than us.
We are here to bring up the next generation of people and lead them in the way of Christ and leave the world a better place than it was before we got here.
Accepting this answer is the key to fulfilling your true purpose as a follower of Jesus.