Highest Purpose of Life and Goals

Here at the beginning of a New Year many people question their existence. Purpose in life defines why you are on earth.

Somebody asked: “Are my life purposes and goals the same?” Both are related but they are different. Purposes answer, “Why am I here on earth?” And goals answer, “What do I want to do here on earth?” The relationship between the two is that the goals you set should work together to help you reach your purposes. For example, one of your purposes could be to “honor your father and your mother.” Yet, if your father is painfully critical, your short-term goal could be to pray for him every time you are around him and every time you think of him. You would be doing what Jesus said: “Pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44)

Another person asked: “Why do we exist?

God’s highest purpose for your life is to conform yourself to the character of Christ and bring glory to God. The New Testament Greek word for “conform” is summorphos, which means “made like another.” “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son” (Romans 8:29). Our highest purpose should be to bring glory to God. The Bible highlights this by saying: “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:11–12)

The New Testament Greek word for “glory,” doxa, signifies “an estimate” of worth. An “estimate” from a jeweler is a piece of paper that reflects the accurate value of a piece of jewelry. When you accurately reflect the character of Christ, you give God glory! “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)