Because I get confused easily in this fallen world with my fallen emotions, it helps me to repeat things I’ve said before.
Apparently there was a time when only God existed. God always existed, so existence always existed.
God existed perfectly true to his nature, so he created. He produced and blessed.
He created all things, and all things he created exist.
Everything exists as the thing it is.
THIS is the whole thing about purpose. Everything has a purpose springing from what it is. Just like God, everything exists perfectly according to its nature. Almost everything.
Only one created thing in the whole universe sometimes fails to do what it was created/purposed to do. That is man. You and me.
Why? Because God has made us volitional beings. Yes, it is even harder because of the fact that we have a sin nature resulting from the fall (Gen 3). But even if we didn’t, we’d still be faced with the constant choice to live according to our purpose or not.
Another way to say that is to say we’d be faced with the constant choice to live or not.
Which means we are faced with the real and constant choice to do what is best according to our purpose or not.
I agree with the Westminster people that my primary purpose is to glorify God and enjoy him.
This means two things at least: One is that enjoyment is a good thing, a concomitant of life, which means it is a concomitant of living our purpose, which is living our life really well as humans.
The other thing it means is that we need to know what glorifies God in our daily living. At the most basic level, being what we were built to be, a living being in his image is what glorifies him. Pursuing enjoyment, (enjoyment being a sign that we are on the right track in the pursuit of living purposefully) glorifies God. He made us to do that very thing.
It is also true that it glorifies God for us to worship him directly (such as when we sing to him), which is also what he made us to do. Learn to see living well and productively as your purpose that glorifies God, and you will thrive.
Yes, we are fallen. We do need to allow Jesus to fulfill his purpose by saving us, redeeming us, giving us peace with God, and being Lord. So an important part of life is trusting Jesus for salvation and getting a new heart, a regenerated spirit, and the Holy Spirit living inside us. But…you will still have to make choices (remember Adam was not fallen when he made the wrong choice). And if you don’t come to terms with that, you will get confused about your purpose, when in reality, nothing could be simpler.
Please Comment if you’d like me to elaborate.