At the beginning of a new year you might ask questions like, “What is the purpose for me being on earth?” “Is there any purpose in my life?” People everywhere long to know the purpose for their lives. Yet for many, that sense of purpose seems elusive.
As is true to life, one of Shakespeare’s tragic characters sought his purpose through power. Macbeth murders the King of Scotland, seizes the throne, but swiftly descends to his doom. While ghosts from the past haunt him, civil war rages, and his wife dies of insanity. In despair, Macbeth utters these dark thoughts about the lack of purpose in life:
Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player. That struts and frets his hour upon the stage. And then is heard no more. It is a tale. Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. (Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5)
Life, however, is not a Shakespearean play … an hour upon the stages and then heard no more. God created your life to have a supernatural purpose. As amazing as it may sound, you were created to reflect the Lord.… If you are a true Christian, you will increasingly be transformed to be like Christ.
“We, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”(2 Corinthians 3:18)