What is My Purpose in Life?



One of the most important questions we need to ask is, What is my Purpose in Life? In this second of five Teen Devotions, finding my Purpose in Life is explored using 1 Corinthians 12.

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For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
1 Corinthians 12:14-26, NKJV


We All Have a Purpose

Have you ever heard anyone say, there’s nothing special I can do; I just don’t have any purpose in life? Or, how about this, I just want to die, there’s nothing left in life for me to live for?

We live in a culture today that puts so much emphasis on the wrong thing. After all, if you’re not young or beautiful, what is there for you? We are all affected by this.

I’ve noticed a very interesting thing among teenagers (this often goes for adults, too). Have you noticed, especially when talking about physical features, everyone will tell you their major physical defect. At least, it’s major to them. You look at this gorgeous gal, and think, “Wow, what would I give to look like that?” She will tell you, however, I’m not beautiful, my nose is too long, or my eyes are too small, or my teeth are crooked, or I walk funny, or I’m too short, or I’m too tall, etc. Our own perspective of ourselves is usually very negative. Yet, all of that is totally irrelevant, even though our culture does not view it that way. What does the Bible say about our purpose in life?

We are all members of one body, therefore, we each have the specific purpose that God designed for us to have! For the body does not consist of one member but of many.

God has made you for a unique and special reason. Examine your own likes and dislikes: what you are really good at and what you are not good at, what is really interesting and fun to you and what is not.

“Why does THIS matter,” you ask me? It matters because you were designed by God to be you! You have a unique place and purpose that no one else has. You may think, “There are a million other people who are just like me—they like the same things I like, and do the same things I do. Not true! Many people may be similar to you, but they are never exactly like you. You are a unique part of the world God has placed you in, and you are needed. No one else is exactly like you, therefore, without you, something would be missing. Examine just who you are, and you will have taken one gigantic step toward finding your purpose in life.



That Purpose is Necessary

Not only are you unique, but the purpose in life God has chosen for you in this life is necessary. Is that true only if you are someone really important, like the president of the United States? Definitely not! Look at what verses 15 through 19 of 1 Corinthians.

If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be?

Are your feet necessary? Even though you can still live without your feet, life would certainly be much more difficult. for a specific function.


No one Purpose is more important than another

We tend to view certain people as more important than others. The CEO is considered to be the most important person in a corporation. What about the workers in the factory? How well would the CEO do if all of the factory workers in his window factory decided to not show up for work for one month?

How well would the corporation do if the factory workers showed up as usual, but the CEO did not show up for one month? They would certainly have difficulty if the CEO didn’t show up, but the factory could still keep on running, and windows would still be produced every day. However, if the factory workers all decided not to show up, production would stop for one month. I’m not saying that the CEO is not important. Of course he is, but even the “lowly” factory workers are important in the corporation.

Look at these verses from 1 Corinthians 12:21-26.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.”

On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

You have a purpose in life; that purpose is unique; and no one purpose is more important than another. Think about that the next time you comb your hair.



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