Herald Journal Columns
Feb. 28, 2005, Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

Life’s purpose based on faith, forgiveness

By Rev. Gerald Boldt, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Winsted

“Why am I here? What is my purpose in life?”

These are questions that have been asked by Christians for countless generations.

Even philosophers from the time of the early Greeks have asked these same questions. All have wondered about the purpose for their existence.

For agnostics and others who question the existence of God, the answer is put off to chance happenings, where life has evolved; and the purpose for one’s existence has no real value.

Yet, organized religions of the world have looked to some higher power to explain the meaning of life.

Humans are born with a basic belief that there is some divine force that has control over nature and the lives of individuals. Theologians call this universal belief behavior, “the natural knowledge of God.”

Christians have been given God’s Word; the Holy Bible. Both Old and New Testaments, authored by 40 Holy Spirit-inspired men, answered those questions: Why am I here? What is my purpose in life?

By our sinful nature, we often think of ourselves as the reason for God’s creation. Granted, God created man as the foremost of living creatures, but we were not placed in this world that we might be the focus and purpose of God.

God created Adam and Eve to be in His likeness. The reason we have been given our lives and placed in this world is that we would exist for the glory and honor of God.

In John 15:16, Jesus said: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.”

Plans for our future were finalized by God’s great sacrifice. During the season of Lent, we focus on the passion of Jesus, our Lord’s suffering and death upon the cross.

With this greatest act of Love in the history of the world, our sins are removed; and with our faith in our crucified and risen Savior, we are given our mission and purpose.

God has work for all of us. As His followers, we are called to do that which is His will. By His blessing, He will enlighten us to discover the purpose in our lives.

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