As human beings, the question “Why am I in this world?” pops up in our thoughts from time to time.
The Bible teaches that every single person is created in God’s image and for a purpose. Genesis 1: 26, says, “then God said, Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (NIV)
God created us to enjoy what he has put on earth, to have a relationship with him, to serve and worship him.
Why then do we ask the question, “Why am I here”?
It could be:
Not knowing who God is, therefore, not having a relationship with him.
Lack of life contentment.
Not knowing what we are called to do in life. (Our Calling)
The three points below will help us to begin to have an understanding of why we are here on earth:
Having a relationship with God
To have a relationship with God gives an understanding to questions we may have about life. An example in the Bible is Abraham. Abraham had a deep relationship with God, he was at ease and so comfortable with their relationship that he brought up the personal issue of not having a child (Genesis 15:2) and pleaded on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:23-33), even though God had already made up his mind to destroy the place. This trust pleased God and made him reveal the plans he had for Abraham and his descendants.
Being content is a gift from God. It fills in voids we may experience in life and it makes us feel at peace in whatever circumstances we find ourselves.
Paul the apostle was persecuted for preaching the gospel but he was still content. In Philippians 4:11-13, “am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”(NIV)
If we are content, we are not likely to ask the question “Why am I here”? And if we do, we will be at peace with the answer we receive from God.
Contentment is also about accepting what God has given us in life and being appreciative. Acceptance and appreciation of what God has provided please God and moves him to do more in our lives.
Knowing what we are called to do on earth and executing it leads to fruition in life. As Christians we all have a calling, stepping into God’s calling will enable us to see the promises the Lord Almighty has for our lives. Paul reminded us time and time again about his calling. (Galatians 1:15-16.)
The Lord has called us into different walks of life but whatever we do, as Christians we need to make sure we put God first by having a relationship with him and serving him. Having a relationship with God is a blueprint to living our lives with a purpose, we will surely hear his voice wherever we turn.
If you do not know how to start a relationship with God, accept him first, and start communicating with him. (Romans 10:10)
If you do not know your calling, as a child of God, all you need to do is to ask him.
If you are not content with your life, work, marriage, possessions, etc., have a dialogue with God.
Toro is a Christian blogger who has lived in the United Kingdom for many years and is now living in Lagos, Nigeria, where she and her husband have set up a non for profit organization called Aanu Foundation that looks after the elderly. You can read more of her writings connecting online via Twitter or Instagram