The world will tell you one of two things:
- You have no purpose and exist by chance, so live however you want.
- You were created just the way you are, so don’t let anyone tell you how to live.
Christ flips this narrative on its head. He says you were made on purpose with a specific purpose. Your life has eternal and deep meaning. You are made in the image of God and were creatively, intentionally, fearfully, and wonderfully made. You were made by a Good Creator, for a wonderful purpose.
Psalm 139:14 says, I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
There is meaning to your life because every breath you breathe and every ocean and mountain you see was and is spoken into existence by our faithful creator.
You were made on purpose. Before you were formed in your mother's womb, Christ knew how many hairs would be on your head, how many mountains you would climb, how many people you would love, the pain you would walk through, the sin you would commit, and the joy you would experience. He knew you by name and gave you the breath of life, creating you in His very image.
You were made for a purpose. You were created for “such a time as this.” A time to love your neighbor, to live steadfastly in trials, to serve the poor, to seek purity and holiness, and give generously. Whether you're walking in a valley or standing on a mountain, God is for you and God is with you. He has a plan for you. A plan for your good, and a plan for good works. (Eph. 2:10)
“On purpose” means with intention, design, and thought. God’s plan for creating you was completely intentional and beautiful. He created you for your joy and His glory. He desires for you to be truly satisfied in Him so that He can ultimately be glorified in you!
Not only did God create you on purpose, but He also died for you on purpose. This may sound silly to say, but I think we forget it too often. That Christ died for you, while you were still a sinner (Romans 5:8). He didn’t die for the world, and then accidentally die for you too. He saw everything you ever did, mainly your sin, and said “I’m going to die an awful death for them”. He died to turn your weakness into strength, your sorrow into joy, your death into life, and your mess into a message. He saved you on purpose and He saved you for a purpose, to love others as He first loved you (1 John 4:19).