Mama, What Is the Purpose of Life?

Any mamas out there with kids who adore the You-Tube sensation Blippi? I’m fairly certain that my oldest two knew how to spell Blippi before they knew how to spell their own names, “Say it with me, B-L-I-P-P-I, Blippi!” His educational content always hits a homerun, but every now and then he whiffs the ball on the deeper questions of life. A recent video featured Blippi exploring an indoor play place and wrapped up with a surprisingly deep question, “Hmmm . . . what is the purpose of life?” A pregnant pause turned into a childish giggle and shrug, “I don’t know, but remember to treat others the way you want to be treated.”

STRIIIIIKE! Nice try, Blippi, but we’ll take it from here. Life’s purpose, our purpose is entirely knowable. And it’s nothing to do with our morality. You’re up to bat, mama. What is the purpose of life? Did your pulse just spike? Feeling some pre-game jitters? Take a deep breath, Coach Paul has your back (ok, I’ll be done with the sport metaphors now). Seriously, though, the Apostle Paul gives an incredibly simple yet profound statement on the purpose of life that’s apt for parent and child alike:

For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36

Talk about a comprehensive game plan (whoops!). In very few words, Paul captures the whole glorious essence of our being. This simple statement carries the weight of who God is and how we His creatures should respond to Him. Here lies the very purpose of our being in relation to Almighty God.

First off, God is the Creator of all things; we are from God. John states, “In the beginning was the Word . . . . All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made”(1:1-3). Equipped with infinite power and creativity, the Word spoke and it was so. God leaves no doubt as to His creative ownership expounded in the book of Job: “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?”(38:4). His questions crescendo to clearly distinguish between Creator and created: who shut the doors of the sea? Who commands the morning? Who fathered the rain? Who gives understanding to man? His final question seals His authority, “Who then is he who can stand before me? Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine”(41:10-11). We owe the Creator our very existence, for we are from Him.

Next up, God is the Sustainer of all things; we are through Him. “He’s got the whole world in His hands” is no child’s metaphor. Colossians clearly asserts, “And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (1:7). Commentator A. H. Stronghold puts it this way, “The steady will of Christ constitutes the law of the universe and makes it a cosmos instead of chaos, just as his will brought it into being in the beginning.” What a very humbling and comforting thought that God’s care over His creation continues just as steadily as the day He spoke the earth into existence. Each night He calls forth the stars by name (Is. 40:26). He fashions each lightning bolt and calls forth the wind from His storehouses (Ps.135:7). The wind and the very breath in our lungs are supplied through the sustaining work of Christ. We owe the Sustainer our grateful allegiance, for we are through Him.

Finally, God is the deserving Sovereign: we are to Him. He creates and sustains us to bring Him glory. The oft quoted 1 Cor. 10:31 summarizes our chief end as His image bearers: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” We were made to be conduits of His glory forever, and so shall it be, for He will gather His own, “everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made” (Is. 43:7). In Christ we are restored to our original purpose: “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Hab. 2:14). We owe the Sovereign our exorbitant praise, for we are to Him.

“For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36

Do you want your children to lead confident and purposeful lives? Dig this seed deep into their heart’s soil: God created them on purpose for a purpose. There is no surer or higher aim than to live life for our Creator, Sustainer Sovereign. He is how and why we’re here and where we’re going. We are meant for Him, and He for us. We are from Him and through Him and to Him: how can we but praise Him forever?

 

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