Written by Kevin L. Howard   
If you want to know your purpose in life, look first to God's Word.  Since you didn't create yourself, you can't understand your purpose on your own.  You need your Creator's help.  "In Christ is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:2-3).  Did you get that?  Christ is the key to understanding life.  If you are a mechanic, your first lesson is that Christ is the key to figuring out how mechanical things function.  If you're a scientist, Christ is the key to thinking about the substance under the microscope.  If you're an oilfield worker, Christ is the key to understanding how those useful elements ever got in the earth.


As Rick Warren says in The Purpose Driven Life, "Contrary to what many popular books, movies, and seminars tell you, you won't discover your life's meaning by looking within yourself " (18).  Warren also says that being successful and fulfilling your life's purpose are different issues.  Some people confuse the two.  Do you want fulfillment?  Doing life God's way is your only shot at contentment. 


But God's way isn't the most popular way.  Jesus said, "If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it.  But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life" (Matthew 16:25).  The common approach means arriving first to the front of the line.  God says the path to greatness lies in servant hood: "But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant" (Mark 10:43).


God has a purpose for you, a purpose he laid out before time began, "...Because of Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us from the beginning, and all things happen just as he decided long ago" (Ephesians 1:11).  God wants you to live for him because he knows he is your only chance for true satisfaction.


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