The Most Important Question in Life (2): “How Should I Live?”

If the most important question in life is “Who am I?” the second most important question is “How should I live?” If the first question concerns a spiritual position, the second question concerns a purpose of life. The reason for your being chosen as God’s holy people, the Bible says, is “that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light (1 Peter 2:9). God has saved us not for our joy and pleasure, but for the manifestation of His glory (Proclamation of God’s greatness: Psalms 9:14; 71:15; 73:28; 107:22; 119:13). We must worship God through our lives. We may eat and drink in the same manner as we did prior to our salvation, but now we have the new purpose (1 Corinthian 10:31). It is not just to excrete, but to live for God through good health.

Life is one-way traffic. Therefore we must live our lives God has given us only once with the God-given purposes. We are not the people driven by secular trends, but we are the people called by God to fulfill our God-given duties. While God’s will for us governs our professions and specific goals, it also governs our attitude towards life. Keeping this in mind will enable us to live for His glory in all circumstances, whether we wash dishes, clean house, study, or work.

Giuseppe Verdi received a thunderous applause and a standing ovation at the premiere of his opera Aida. Ironically at the premiere Verdi’s attention was directed not at the audience but at Rossini, his main influence, in the second floor of the theater. Verdi’s priority was to be recognized by Rossini. Likewise, our number one priority should be to be regarded favorably in God’s eye. As we live mindful of God’s invisible eyes, His invisible hands start working.

Our desire in this world should be for God alone. Also we must build up in obedience the Kingdom of God in the body of Christ the Church, God-given family, and workplace. Jesus Christ had a clear purpose in life and He fulfilled it. John 17:4 reads, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do”. Upon the completion of His redemption on the Cross, Our Lord said, “It is finished.” A sense of purpose is essential. American author and success expert Og Mandino is said to have posted on the wall the following message and read it every morning and evening:

If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.

Today I will be the master of my emotions.

Our purpose in life is the glory of God and of His Kingdom. Let us be grateful to Him who informed us of the purpose of life and live each day in delight.

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