Why am I here on this earth? What is my purpose in life? These questions echo in so many minds, but the answers vary to such a degree that people still find themselves lost and confused.
If we really are searching for the reason of our creation, the most reasonable thing we could do is ask our Creator, the God Almighty. So I’m asking my readers to read the verses I am going to point out with an open heart. God’s Word was meant to be read and it’s possible that we’ve been skipping over the whole point of the story all along.
Note: most of what I am sharing today is something that I have just recently discovered myself. I am in no way trying to bring forth a new idea and call it mine. I am simply repeating what was taught to me so that others would benefit as I have benefited.
Beginning in Genesis with the creation of man, God first says to mankind, “be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and subdue it.” (1:28)
This was God’s first command. When the fall came, some might think that God’s plan changed and mankind was no longer held to that command. But we see that God’s first words to Noah after he stepped off of the ark were “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” (Genesis 9:1) God’s plan for mankind was still the same.
In Genesis 11, we are told of the Tower of Babel and how “the whole world had one language and a common speech.” (11:1) Mankind began trying to build a tower that would reach the heavens so they could make a name for themselves; “otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole world.” (11:4) At this point in time, mankind was resisting God’s plan. Instead of multiplying and filling the earth, they sought to stick together in one place. But because God is always in control, “the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.” (11:9) God still intended for his plan to be fulfilled.
Later we read that God chooses Abraham and his family to be “a great nation” and he blesses his descendants so that “all peoples on earth will be blessed” through them (Genesis 12:1-3). Isaac gets the same promise passed on to him and then Jacob gets the same promise passed on to him as well.
Even when the Israelites were in slavery in Egypt, God still remembered the covenant he made (Exodus 6:7-8). He used Moses to lead them out of Egypt, and he led not only the Israelites but the Egyptians too! (12:37-38)
In Deuteronomy 2:25, God says that he will “put the terror and fear” of the Israelites “on all the nations under heaven.” Why would God want all the nations to fear the Israelites? Because the Israelites were the chosen people of God and to fear them would be to also fear their God. He was bringing them countless victories against the people who were in the land meant for the Israelites. As each part was overtaken, a fear of the one true God was spreading. And when people are overtaken by a fear of God, worship occurs.
The same occurs with David who was said to be a man after God’s own heart. 1 Chronicles 14:17 says that “David’s fame spread throughout every land, and the Lord made all the nations fear him.” Why would God make the nations fear David? Because David feared God. King David is known for his proclamations and songs about God, many of which are in the book of Psalms, and through these proclamations and songs, glory was given to God so that the nations would fear and worship God as he did.
One such song is found in Psalm 67:
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us – so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. …. may God bless us still so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.” (67:1-2,7)
And then in Psalm 46:
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (46:10)
Blessings don’t come to us because we deserve them. Blessings come to us because God wants his glory to be made known! The original commandment, “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth”, still exists because the nations need to know and worship the mighty God!
Israel understood this was their task. In Isaiah 26:17-18, Israel admits that they were not living up to it:
“As a pregnant woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pain, so were we in your presence, Lord… we have not brought salvation to the earth, and the people of the world have not come to life.”
God rebukes them for not focusing on their task through the prophet Ezekiel in Ezekiel 5:5-6:
“This is Jerusalem, which I have set in the center of the nations, with countries all around her. Yet in her wickedness she has rebelled against my laws and decrees more than the nations and countries around her.”
God placed them in a perfect place for his glory to be made known and they ended up living for themselves instead, rebelling against God’s laws and their main purpose.
Right before the New Testament begins, we see emphasis on God’s glory being made known in Malachi.
“My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations.” (1:11)
So now we have seen God’s plan carried through the Old Testament ever since the creation of man. And it answers the original question, “What is my purpose in life?”
Our purpose in life is to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. This means that we are seeking to make disciples and worshipers of God out of all the nations. Yet so many in this current age do not know Him. In fact, there are about 2.3 billion people who are considered unreached right now, meaning they have not heard the news of Jesus and do not even have access to hearing.
So what does this mean for our life then? In my next blog post, we will look at the New Testament and the words of Jesus in order to see how we can accomplish our true purpose as followers of Christ. Because this is such a lengthy subject, I had to split it up in two sections, which only emphasizes how essential it is for our lives. I will also share very shocking statistics and facts about the state of our world that has inspired me and changed my thinking. My hope for you is that you will become more missions-minded, whether that means going overseas and making disciples in the unreached people groups or just praying in your community for the glory of God to be spread through all of the nations.
Whatever your given calling may be, the task remains the same. We are to give God all the glory.