Purpose and Direction in Life

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“Of Him, and through Him, and for Him [are] all things: to Him be glory forever. Amen” (Rom. 11:3636For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. (Romans 11:36) JND). Another has said, “The glory of God is the object and end of all God’s dealings with men.” We exist for God’s glory. Our place is to rejoice in and submit to His purposes concerning us. When we confess Jesus as Lord, we acknowledge that our Lord is supreme in His place over us and we are wholly for Him and His purposes.
When Jesus became man, He took man’s proper place of dependence and obedience upon God and His purposes. As man, His place and purpose in life was to do the will of the Father, and by doing so He could say at the end of His life, “I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do” (John 17:44I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. (John 17:4)). His purpose was to glorify God and His direction was to do the work the Father gave Him to do.
Like our Lord, our purpose in life is to live for the glory of God and our direction for life is to do the work He gives us to do. Paul summed up the matter in seven words: “For to me to live is Christ.” If we try to live for God and ourselves at the same time, then Scripture says of us, “A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:88A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:8)). May we, by God’s grace, live single-minded lives, cleaving to the Lord with purpose of heart.
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