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What Is My Purpose?

There is meaning behind all our love, laughter, and longing. We matter. We exist for a reason. In the Bible, we discover why. 

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What’s My Purpose?
An Open Letter to a Friend

Dear Chris,

You honestly shared your thoughts, and I am so eager to respond. It was impressed upon my heart just how precious you are. You have a face, a name, a beating heart, and a soul full of wonderings—You have more value and dignity as a person than you may be aware of. And there are answers to the aches you explained you feel inside.

You’re searching for your purpose. “You know, we all have that hole in our heart,” you said, “and people fill it with whatever they think will make them happy.”

You haven’t found what to fill your heart with. You’re convinced that the romance of life is real and there’s more to us than flesh and bone returning to dust—but where does all the meaning come from?

Your soul is hardwired for the answers to your questions. But where can we find the answer? Who can tell you your purpose?

The one who made you can. Yes, someone made you—and he made the sea for you to surf in, the Japanese food you eat with friends, and everything good that you enjoy. He made you to be happy; happy in his world, but most of all, happy in him.

We are told we will find our purpose when we find ourselves, but it’s someone else that we’ve lost and need to find—our Maker.

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Article: 20 Min

Can Life Have Meaning Without God?

by James N. Anderson at The Gospel Coalition

Messages: 35 Min

The Reason

For Living

by Tim Keller

Folk | Country Gospel

Don’t You Want to Thank Someone

by Andrew Peterson

Verse
Revelation 4:11 NIV

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

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We must recognize that God is at the heart of things and that we exist for his glory,
that is to say,
we exist for him,
not he for us.

Video: 2 Min

Article: 2 Min

Does Life Have Any Purpose?

by Billy Graham at BGEA

Verse
1 Corinthians 8:6 NLT

But for us,
There is one God, the Father,
    by whom all things were created,
    and for whom we live.
And there is one Lord, Jesus Christ,
    through whom all things were created,
    and through whom we live.

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Man’s chief end
is to glorify God 
and to enjoy him forever.

Article: 7 Min

How to Find and Achieve Your Purpose in Life

by Logan Murphy at Unlocking the Bible

Video: 3 Min
Juan Sanchez
at The Gospel Coalition

Contemporary

Who Am I

Casting Crowns

Messages: 47 Min

God’s Plan for Your Life

by Ravi Zacharias

Article: 10 Min

What God Thinks About You

by John Rinehart at Desiring God

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I must learn that
the purpose of my life
belongs to God,
not me. God is using me from his great personal perspective, and all he asks of me is that I trust Him.

Video: 41 Min

Messages: 54 Min

What Does the Bible Say

About Work?

by Surfboard Shaper Britt Merrick

Verse
2 Timothy 1:9-10 NIV

He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

Messages: 49 Min

The Meaning of Life

by Francis Chan

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Let God have your life;
he can do more with it
than you can.

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Ask God for New Life and Purpose

A Prayer by Betty Stam

Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes, all my own desires and hopes, and accept your will for my life. I give myself, my life, my all utterly to you, to be yours forever. Fill me and seal me with your Holy Spirit. Use me as you will. Send me where you will, and work out your whole will in my life at any cost, now and forever.

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Don’t Waste Your Life

by Lecrae ft. Dwayne Tryumf

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Finding Your Purpose in Jesus

Leonard Ravenhill

If Christ has been born in me he wants to live in me, he wants to talk in me, he wants to walk in me, he wants to work through me…He says, “I have come that ye may have life and that ye might have life more abundantly” (John 10:10).

And even in the days of his flesh Jesus complained, “ye will not come to me that ye might have life” (John 5:40). Now do you remember his great statement? “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6).

I am the way—without that there’s no going.
I am the truth—without that there’s no knowing.
I am the life—without that there’s no growing.

I am the way—that’s external.
I am the truth—that’s internal.
I am the life—that’s eternal.

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What God calls us to cannot be definitely stated, because
his call is simply to
be his friend
to accomplish his own purposes.

Verse
Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Messages: 36 Min

What Is My Purpose

by Os Guinness

Verse
Ephesians 2:15-16 NIV

His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

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My Desire

by Jeremy Camp

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God’s Plans for You

Hymn

Take My Life
and Let It Be

by Frances Ridley Havergal
(1836-1879)

Take my life, and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee;
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise,
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my hands, and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love;
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee,
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice, and let me sing
Always, only, for my King;
Take my lips, and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee,
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold;
Not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use
Every power as Thou shalt choose,
Every power as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will, and make it Thine;
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart; it is Thine own;
It shall be Thy royal throne,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure-store.
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee,
Ever, only, all for Thee.

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Verse
Romans 8:28 NIV

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Video: 4 Min

Verse
2 Timothy 2:19-21 NIV

Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

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