Summary: This sermon looks at what is our purpose in life.
Who Am I—Why Am I Here—Insanity For Christ Part 2
Today we are in week 2 of our Insanity For Christ Series. Last week, we looked at Who Is God-Why Jesus. Today we are going to take a closer look at ourselves, “Who Am I—Why Am I Here”. Have you ever had the experience of not even understanding yourself? Have you ever said, “now why on earth did I do that? Or said, “how could I have been so stupid, or what’s wrong with me.” Those are all ways of saying. “Just Who Am I and Why Am I Here?”. We all are going to ask that question at some point in life.
If we never get around to answering the question correctly, we can not only lose our minds, but our lives and lose our souls as well. Quite often we define who we are by what we think” is our purpose in life.” I am a mother, a teacher, an administrator, a student.
If you asked some people what the purpose in life is, based on their actions they’re saying 1) It’s all about the Benjamins. Get as many as you can, however you can 2) it’s about finding a man of your own and having his baby 3) it’s about getting as many women in bed as possible with no commitment attached, 4) it’s about getting a good education and getting a good job for security 5) it’s about having a good time before your die, 6) it’s about discovering who you are on the inside and 7) it’s about getting to know God.
The party person thinks the purpose of life is pleasure – have fun, party, celebration time come on .” They live for Friday or Saturday night when they plan to go out and have a good time? But the good time often leaves them with a hangover or a broken heart, a phone number that does not work.
The look at me person says, “Life is all about the bling, bling, the designer clothes, and the fine cars.” Your life is measured by the things you own. You know the problem with that is that the person who dies with the most fine things, still dies.
Some people will tell you; “You’ve got to invent your purpose.” You’ve got to create your own purpose in life. And they all give the same basic approach – discover your dreams, go after your goals, have some ambitions, dream big dreams, aim high, believe you can achieve, have faith, figure out what you’re good at, never give up, involve other people. Now those are all good advice and they will, if you do those things, make you a success in life.
But being a success and knowing your purpose in life are not the same thing. You can be a raving success in life and still never know, “ Who Am I and Why Am I Here.” Look at how many famous people have had their lives destroyed or ended because of turning to drugs to find themselves or to gain a purpose. If they had only known who they were, and why they were here, a lot of tragedy would have been avoided
What did God put you on this earth for? The reason you are here is far greater than your own personal fulfillment. It’s far greater than your own happiness. It’s even greater than your own peace of mind or your own life. You were made by God and you were made for God and you were put here for His purposes. And until you understand that, life isn’t going to make sense.
God never made anything without a purpose in mind. We may not understand it, and at times we may have even forgotten it, but God made everything with a purpose.
To understand who you are, you have to understand why God made you in the first place. We are told, before the world was created, God chose us to t be made holy and blameless in God’s sight out of love. God wanted us as the focus of His love. God made you to love you. Love is going to do what is best for you. During the 49 days of transformation, you have to understand that God made you to love you, otherwise you will think God is out to get you. God does not have to get any of us, because left to ourselves, we produce our own misery.
God made you to love you. God will love you when nobody else will or can. You were created to be loved by God. Now God did this, even knowing how messed up some of us would become with our lives. God is love and God wanted to create something to love and so He created you. He didn’t need you or me.