God’s Purpose

May 19, 2024 | Sunday Devotional

First Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat or drink or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God”. Many people, even those who are well-known, can attest to that void felt by a lack of purpose in life. For example, H.G. Wells, famous historian, said at the age of sixty-one: “I have no peace. All life is at the end just a waste .” The literary genius Thoreau said,” Most men live lives of quiet desperation”.

Ralph Barton, one of the top cartoonists of the nation, left this note pinned to his pillow before taking his own life: ” I have had few difficulties, many friends, great successes; I have gone from wife to wife, from house to house, visited great countries of the world, made many people happy, but I am fed up with inventing devices to fill up twenty-four hours of the day”.

Solomon indicated in the book of Ecclesiastes that if we do not understand the purpose of life, life will seem useless, tiresome and unfulfilling. Vanity of vanities, said the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun”. Ecclesiastes 1:2-3. When we live without purpose and without God’s will, it is all vanity.

Life is not useless or vain – everything we do can be meaningful when it is done to the glory of God. We tend to divide our activities into categories of sacred and secular, or spiritual and non- spiritual. We think of teaching a Sunday school class or witnessing to a lost person as obvious avenue to bring God glory. God desires, however, that everything we do, even the most common activities, be done for His glory. We do things to God’s glory when we surrender ourselves to Him and seek to serve Him through each act. Colossians 3:17 ” And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him”.

What have you done over the past twenty- four hours? All that was not done to the glory of God was wasted time. But each moment and activity that you dedicated to God and used to serve Him was eternally invested. Our lives are meaningful when lived and invested to the glory of God. Everything that Jesus did was to glorify God, and so should we do.

Pastor Paul Okonkwo
Independent Baptist Bible Church (IBBC),
New Haven,

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