At critical times in my life a soft voice often whispers a question, “What is your purpose?” Pulling me back to my Anchor, grounding me once again on the Solid Rock. One answer only comes to me without needing to think about it. “To know and glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” (a)
Our Drive for Significance
“Unlike egotism, the drive to significance is a simple extension of the creative impulse of God that gave us being. It is not filtered through self-consciousness any more than is our lunge to catch a package falling from someone’s hand. Instead, it is outwardly directed to the good to be done. We were built to count, as water is made to run downhill. We are placed in a specific context to count in ways no one else does. That is our destiny. Our hunger for significance signals who we are and why we are here. And it also is the basis of humanity’s enduring response to Jesus. He always takes individual human beings as seriously as their shredded dignity demands. He has the resources to carry through with his high estimate of them.”
From The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God. Copyright © 1997 by Dallas Willard. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
We Had Purpose Then
Our search for significance began when we walked away from God. As He is who gave us our identity, our search will remain futile until we find it again in returning to Him. That is our true significance. Not all the counterfeits we strive toward.
Our need for relevance is as necessary as a sense of hope and purpose. A loss of either or all can easily lead to a downward spiral of self-destruction. I saw it firsthand working with the disenfranchised homeless and drug/alcohol addicted.
I experienced it firsthand with a five-year descent into the pit of alcoholism. But the Lord lifted me out of the miry hole and set my feet on the Solid Rock, Christ Jesus. So now, like the Madman(note1) of the Tombs who was set in his right mind, I cling to my Savior like a steel bar welded to the Anchor Beam.
Help, Lord! We Earth dwellers are so disassembled. So desperately we need Your help! Integrate us in You, Lord. In Your grace and mercy! Amen.
Psalm 139: 13, 16
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
note1: Luke 8:26-39
(a) “The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever”
― Westminster Shorter Catechism
Being counted among the friends of God, I will thank the Savior everyday.