God created everything for His pleasure (“…and He saw that it was very good.” -Gen 1:31). With that in mind, I have long believed the purpose of my life is to please God.
A few days ago I had my viewpoint altered when listening to John MacArthur on the radio. He presented his own interpretation of our Creator God’s motivation, and it was one I’d never considered.
Although the concept of the Trinity (One God in three separate persons) is beyond full human comprehension, one uncontested aspect is that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit share a deep, abiding communion of purest love. Taking his lead from a variety of Scripture verses, MacArthur, as I understood his message, sees Creation as God the Father’s love gift to His Son, with the Church-the body of believers, as the heart of that gift.
The Christian walk is sometimes described as having three main parts:
- Justification – when we accept Christ as Lord and Savior
- Sanctification- our earthly years of seeking to know Him better and follow His teachings, and
- Glorification – when we enter His heavenly presence to love, worship and praise Him eternally
Using the gift analogy, justification makes the believer part of the gift. Sanctification is the process of refining, when the Holy Spirit polishes and smooths out our rough edges, and Glorification is when Christ opens the gift.
This idea has given me a richer perspective on my life’s purpose as not being simply to amuse my Creator, but as His shining love gift to His Son.
How’s that for the true meaning of life?