Written by Desiree Visser

When we ask the question “What is purpose of our lives?” We are essentially asking about our legacy – what we spend our lives building up and building into.

King Solomon explored this issue of purpose in the book of Ecclesiastes. Even with the great wisdom, knowledge and wealth God had given him, Solomon still wondered what the point of life was [Please listen to Ibarto’s message on 24 July entitled “This joy that I have”]. People strive for money, or time, or health, or happiness, and yet all of these things fall away. Solomon came to the God-given conclusion in Ecclesiastes 3:14 “I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it.”

Therefore only life purpose that remains forever is the one that is in line with the will of God. We can have an eternal purpose wherever the Lord places us. 2 Peter 3: 11 – 12 reminds us of this eternal purpose: “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.” When we work in the will of God, what is created lasts forever. Just look at Jesus – even after thousands of years His legacy has not ended, and neither has His reign.

So often we feel the pressure to secure other things before doing “God’s work”. We have to provide financially, we have to care for our family, we have these daily commitments that take so much time. And we can be caught up in the lie that once we have done all these other things, then we will do what God wants us to do. However, when we make the choice to give God our first fruits – the first of our money in tithe; the first of our day in prayer; the first of our purpose and energy – something miraculous happens. God meets our needs, and what we do with our time is fruitful and good!

What is so beautiful is that within this God-given purpose there is time to love, time to rest and play and enjoy, but there is also peace and joy in knowing that what you are building will last forever. Our daily striving is not without hope for the believer for we are promised the rich reward of eternal life. We can be  joyful because Our Lord is exalted in our being and doing, and His Name is glorified through us; what an honour! Seek to do the will of the Lord in your life - there is no greater legacy.

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