We had a really good time at church this morning. Our poor pastor had laryngitis, but still managed to preach. He was talking about our purpose in life, as Christians, and asked for ideas on what that was. I tend to keep quiet in those situations and let other people speak up, but if I’d had to answer the question, here’s what I would have said:
Praising God. My purpose in life, and yours too, is to praise God. That’s why you were made, and it’s something you can do for all eternity. “I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to My people, My chosen, the people I formed for Myself that they may proclaim My praise” – Isaiah 43:20-21.
I believe we have individual callings from God, and there are things He tells us all to do in our earthly lives, like sharing the good news of Jesus with people who don’t know Him and His love for them, but praising God doesn’t depend on your circumstances. I’ve heard so many people say they’re useless; I’ve said it too sometimes, but that’s a lie because we can all do this one thing we were made to do. If you’re a Christian in a far-off country, who’s been arrested for your faith and is in solitary confinement, you may not have the opportunity at that time to communicate your faith to others; you can still praise God. I remember someone telling me about a person once who couldn’t talk, walk, or feed herself. I asked could she smile and was told: “Yes – well, sort of. If you knew her, you’d know it was a smile”; she could still praise God.
Lots of times, we praise people for the things they do well. Will you take a few minutes today to come to the God who knows you by name, and give Him some praise too?