As humans, we have a natural inclination to think about our purpose. This inclination is synonymous with every “why” question. Some believe we can live without answering “why” questions. This unintentional life appears possible, but is this how any person should want to live? The short answer is that we cannot live this way. Basic activities such as eating, working, and relationships (either for pleasure or necessity) prove that people cannot entirely break with purposeful activities.
More than a Gacha Life
The deeper question we could ask ourselves is “What is our purpose?” This question invokes us to understand our ideal selves. However, if we answer this question with only ourselves in mind, the answer is unsatisfying. If people do not want to live for a larger meaning, life becomes selfish, random, and meaningless. Life has to be more than a Gacha Life where getting objects and achievements are the primary goals. This virtual manner of life is no way to live in reality.
We, however, have a purpose, and this purpose is to know and trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. As “fairy-tale” as it might sound, a happy-ending always awaits those who believe that Jesus Christ is Lord. We can find comfort in our knowing that “all things work together for good to them that love God and to those who are called according to His purpose” (1). This passage tells us if we are called, we have nothing to worry about. But what does “called” or His purpose mean?
God has called all people to believe in His son Jesus Christ. This calling, the apostle Paul explains, is God’s purpose. “Having made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He has purposed in Himself, and according to the purpose of God who works all things after the counsel of His will: That we should be to the praise of His glory, who first trusted in Christ” (2). We are, therefore, called to believe in Jesus (3). Such a calling comes not from ourselves but God through grace and mercy (4).
But why is this answer to the “why” question satisfying? It is satisfying because it can give our life meaning. A successful career, fame, worldly knowledge, or other earthly achievements do not give our whole life meaning. They do not come near explaining unfortunate events in life. However, Jesus Christ explains everything and is the explanation (the purpose) of life: Those who are called according to God’s purpose—our faith in Jesus Christ—receive eternal life (5). Isn’t this the most satisfying answer to why we live? Isn’t this more satisfying than the explanation of randomness or meaninglessness? What is more satisfying than our knowing that the purpose of living is to live eternally?
(1) Romans 8:28.
(2) Ephesians 1:9, 11, 12.
(3) Romans 1:6.
(4) Romans 9:23, Galatians 1:15.
(5) Acts 13:48, Romans 10:9.