Reasons for Not Finding Your Purpose in Life

Significance is based on God fulfilling His purpose in you and you conforming your character to God’s character. Not finding your life-purpose can be because you look for it in all the “wrong places.”

Can you imagine being the richest of the rich? Wouldn’t wealth provide for every purpose in life? King Solomon was abundantly blessed with power and every conceivable material possession; he lavished upon himself every human pleasure. Yet, all these things could not bring satisfaction to his soul. Through Solomon, we see that money cannot buy meaning to life … possessions will never buy purpose in life. “God gives a man wealth, possessions and honor, so that he lacks nothing his heart desires, but God does not enable him to enjoy them, and a stranger enjoys them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil” (Ecclesiastes 6:2).

What do you have to look out for not to look for significance in “all the wrong places.” “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it” (Matthew 7:13).

Examples: Instead of looking to be religious, seek to grow in your relationship with Christ; Instead of seeking external do’s and don’ts, seek internal obedience of the heart; Instead of looking for approval of people, seek God’s approval; Instead of following your own will, seek God’s will; Instead of living for present gain, seek to live for eternal values; Instead of looking for popularity, seek God’s approval. “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Solomon’s wrong belief might have been: “I’ll feel significant if my possessions, popularity and power increase.” Instead he could have believed that his significance is based on God’s fulfilling His purpose for him by conforming Solomon’s character to God’s character. “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.” (Psalm 138:8)