We believe that everyone has a purpose - and it’s much bigger than we think.
While there might be people advocating that a happy and peaceful life is achieved when one realizes that life is truly purposeless, we respectively disagree. We strongly believe that life has purpose, and not just life generally, but each life individually.
But where do we get this belief?
Well, in order to answer that question we must start with God. Why God? Because every idea of the purpose (or purposelessness) of life thought of by humanity will ultimately fall flat. Sure, one specific theory might work for one specific person, or two, or two million, or six billion, but a human-made idea of life will never be big enough to answer or explain all the innate longings and desires that every person experiences.
We need a bigger purpose for life.
We need a purpose that includes not just the Earth, but the entire universe. We need a purpose that explains the existence of a butterfly as well as a black hole. We need a purpose that will dig deep enough into every human soul to fulfill their longings and desires.
And we are of the conviction that the Christian God gives this kind of purpose.
So, what is your God-authored purpose for life?
To uniquely reflect the glory of God.
On the first page of the Bible we read about the creation of humanity:
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
Every human being has been made in the image and likeness of God. One aspect of what this means is that we’ve been made like God. Consider the fact that you, for example, relate and create. These things didn’t just pop up out of nowhere. They’re ingrained into the fabric of your mind and heart.
Well, God himself is relationship and God is the creator. Being made in the likeness of God means that we have these similar tendencies. We long for good relationships and hurt when they suffer because we’re made that way. We also long to create, like a homemaker creates comfortable spaces, or a hockey team creates deceptive plays. Why? Because we’re made that way. We are like God.
But we also image God. Statues of kings in ancient times were put up in hundreds of cities to show people what the king was like (in a very physical sense) and remind them of who was leading them. That way, it was as if the king was in every city, showing his people what he was like and that he was in charge.
we humans, in the same way, are like living statues that image God.
We have a purpose to show others what God is like and to remind others that he’s the King. We show what he looks like by modelling his love, his compassion, and his righteousness; all through our unique personalities.
Every human is made to display the character of God through their unique personalities and to point to him as the King of all. That’s your identity and purpose.
We, at North Valley Baptist Church, value you. Without even personally knowing you, we have the rock-solid conviction of your worth, meaning, and purpose.
But, you may have come to the quick realization that, like us, you struggle with fulfilling your purpose.
That’s because all of humanity is born with a natural desire to rebel against God. And because our good and righteous God never compromises with evil (which is a really good thing), justice is coming against every rebel.
But God is a loving God.
That’s why the gospel of Jesus Christ is so good. God, in love, gave us his Son as a substitute for rebels. Jesus, being perfect, died for our rebellion; we, being imperfect, live from his perfection. With Jesus, you can live out your purpose to uniquely reflect the glory of God!
What needs to happen on your end are two things:
Repent of your rebellion.
Believe that Jesus died for your sins on the cross.
Now, whether or not you’re a new Christian, we’d love to have you fulfill your God-authored purpose with us.
Consider joining us on a Sunday morning. We talk with one another, sing songs, listen to a biblical sermon, and pray.
Consider becoming a member at North Valley. This is a great way for you to commit to God’s family and devote yourself to your purpose.
Consider how you could fulfill your purpose by serving at our church and/or in the community of Mission. How can you specially love God and others?