Putting your answer to the question, Why am I here? into practice
As I mentioned in the last blog, The Dangers of Double-mindedness, the answers to the questions of life can provide direction and clarity. In a recent teaching I shared five questions to ask yourself that reveal where you stand and what your priorities are in life.
When a question is asked of you, it forces you to come to some conclusion or to decide in your own mind what the answer is to that question.
One of the most profound questions in Scripture is when Jesus asked Peter, “But who do you say I am?” That question and others like it can change your life when you take the time to think about it.
Many of us are good at making statements and giving answers, but sometimes we don’t spend as much time thinking about the questions we need to ask. One of those questions to ask yourself is …
Why am I here?
I don’t mean, why are you here in this place today? That’s a good question, too. But why are you alive in the twenty-first century? Why did God allow you to be here in 2022? What is the reason for your existence?
People answer this in different ways. When we are asked that question as Christians, we immediately know it’s to serve God – and that’s just the answer we give. But how do we put that answer into action every day? We have many Bible verses that speak to this question.
In Matthew 22, Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38 ESV).
You are to give God your head, your heart and your hands! He wants your thoughts, your emotions and your actions.
How do you love God with your mind?
Thinking logically about things, I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I do know God has been faithful. You can use what you already know – the facts of what He’s already done – to trust Him to always be faithful in the future.
You love God with your mind by:
- Telling yourself the truth. God has done this in the past, and He’ll do it again.
- Studying God’s Word. That means to meditate on Scripture and get out of it what God wants you to receive from it. You connect through your head with what goes to your heart too.
- Capturing your thoughts. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (NIV). You can do that if you keep your focus on God and remain in an attitude of praise, no matter what you’re going through.
Anything – good or bad – in the world today started as a thought. I hope you’ll take time today to spend some time with God in prayer, asking Him to show you how you can be more intentional in loving Him with all your heart, soul and mind.
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