Why am I here? What is my purpose? These are questions humans have asked throughout time.
The prophet, Jeremiah asked
‘Why, oh why, did I ever leave that womb?
Life’s been nothing but trouble and tears,
and what’s coming is more of the same.’
Why am I here?
In 1966, Hal David and Burt Bacharach wrote the song, “Alfie”. Lyricist, Hal David was asking the same question when he wrote:
What’s it all about, Alfie?
Is it just for the moment we live?
What’s it all about — when you sort it out, Alfie?
Are we meant to take more than we give,
Or are we meant to be kind?
As sure as I believe there’s a heaven above, Alfie, I know there’s something much more, Something even non-believers can believe in.
Why are we here and what is it all about? Part of the answer is found in Proverbs 16:4, “God made everything with a place and purpose”.
Our highest purpose is found in several scriptures including Deuteronomy, Leviticus, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.”
Our next highest purpose is: “to love others as you love yourself.
We are here to love God, and be open to God’s love flowing through us as we love others.
Our love of others manifests as welcoming the stranger; protecting the helpless; feeding the hungry; demanding justice; fighting oppression; being the voice of the voiceless; and standing for what is right even when it is not popular. In other words, we are to model the life of Jesus and rock the boat of apathy and selfishness.
As Christians, our purpose is to love; period; end of sentence. We are to love God and ALL others, not just some. Jesus taught us to love our enemies as we love our friends. Anyone claiming to be Christian and does not love, is a fraud; period; end of sentence. Why am I here?