The Why (Part 3)

In our discussions of the “Why” questions that we sometimes ask God, I get asked this question a lot—Why do I exist? This is a fundamental question that we all have to wrestle with at some point in life. We see the reality of this based on book sales such as The Purpose Driven Life and books of that nature. We are always curious as to a certain purpose for our life. Our culture will spend millions of dollars trying to figure out exactly why we are here.

God’s Word actually has a lot to say about this question. We can come about it from several different angles but one particular passage screams an answer to our hearts. Paul was writing to the church at Ephesus and beginning in chapter 2, he endeavors in a conversation of purpose.

He began by letting them know that they were lost in their sins but the Light of the World came to save them. He said, “For by grace are ye saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8). The love that God has for us brings a particular purpose to our lives that begin with grace. He followed grace up with a purpose in verse 10:

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. 

Paul told the church at Ephesus that the gift of grace gave them a purpose to do good works. This isn’t good works in the sense of giving to charity or other things as the world might define it. This is good works in the light of the gospel and a sanctified life.

Scripture doesn’t tell you a career, who to marry, how many kids to have, and things of that nature. It does tell you how to live a godly life and teaches you that you are purposed for that godly life.

Why do you exist? The answer is to be a recipient of God’s grace and to be formed as a piece of His work.