What is the meaning of life? What is man’s purpose? Two very profound questions that seem to have endless answers to them, but what does the Bible say about these complex notions? Many people stumble around searching for the truth and meaning of life while disregarding the truth that has been set before them and cast it off as so called “rubbish,” but when one takes the time to truly search through the Word they then begin to see a clearer picture drawn than the simple pictures many drew in Sunday school.
When trying to understand the meaning of life one must first ask the question; what is life? “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” (John 14:6). Here Jesus is stating that He is life which many at this point ask the question, “how can a man be life?” Definitely hard to believe that a man would contain and be life itself, but was He really a man or God in the flesh?
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14). Here John is showing that Jesus is the Word of God that became a man for a short time and therefore Jesus is not a man, but rather the living Word of God. The Word of God was at the beginning of all things and the Word is what created the Universe; as God spoke, the Word then created life as we know it. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4).
Now that life is known, what is the purpose of life and man? The purpose of life is that of choices, so that men and women are given choices to know where their destination is on the other side in which is the true life as this life is only a dream of such as an illusion. “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19). Choices have been given since Adam and Eve first chose to eat the forbidden fruit, all the way till now as we still have the same choice before us; eat of the tree of life which is Jesus or eat of the tree of death which is the world and the devil. Believe in Jesus and come to know Him personally is the main and most crucial purpose of life. This is the purpose of life as well as the purpose of man, but man also has more purpose than just choices itself.
Man is to please, glorify and serve the Lord with their whole heart, “For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:20). We should seek to glorify God in all that we do and to serve Him even through our everyday lives. “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17). Our family and homes should also seek to glorify God and be an example to all people, “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12).
The last of the purposes of man is to labor and then enjoy in our labors, “I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor- it is the gift of God.” (Ecclesiastes 3:12). We should enjoy the fruit
of our labor, not in over indulgence, but rather giving thanks to the Lord for all His blessings and expressing the joy that resides in us from His dwelling presence that lives within our hearts. “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16).
The purpose of life is to believe in Jesus and to come to know Him personally. We are to glorify, please and serve the Lord with our whole heart and we are to be an example to all people in all godliness. Finally we are to enjoy the fruit of our labors and to thank God for all His blessings He bestows upon us. The true meaning of life is summed up and there is no need for more searching as the truth and tree of life is laid before us, waiting for us to choose His fruit and eat of His eternal glory. “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” (Philippians 1:11).