What is the meaning of life, or asked another way, what is the purpose of life? Your answer to either of those questions – about purpose and meaning – become the foundation for how you live and the decisions your make. What you believe the answer is provides guidance as to whether you should buy a Mercedes or give extra money to the poor. It helps you to prioritize the trade-offs that life challenge us with as we juggle a career, family and possessions. It frames how we should live our lives.
The Bible’s answer to the meaning or purpose of life is that we must glorify God. In 1 Peter 4, we’re told that we’re created to glorify Him (1 Peter 4). Jesus fulfills this mandate by centering His life around glorifying God (John 7:18). Just before His death, He reiterates this message by saying “I glorified You on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.” (John 17:4). Jesus’ obedience brought glory to God. God is so specific with us in defining our purpose in even basic everyday tasks that He tells us to “eat and drink to glorify Him” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Glorifying God in everything, big and small, is the highest and greatest meaning for your life.
Now that you know what the meaning of life is, the next question is how do you go about fulfilling this purpose. First of all, you must know who God is and trust Him to save you from your sins. (You can learn more about salvation in the overview, Gospel summary and true and false gospel pages and also spend time reviewing the new Christian resource page and pages about Jesus.) After you understand the good news of the Gospel, you must now begin to live for God rather than yourself. You must make decisions that honor God and be guided by the truth He has revealed in the Bible. You can honor God in four ways 1) admiring God 2) worshiping God 3) loving God 4) obeying God. Begin by reading the book of Matthew in the New Testament and watch how Jesus lives his life. Next read from Romans to Colossians and identify areas of your life where you aren’t honoring God. Pray to Him for help in changing you and conforming you to the likeness of Jesus. This will require you to stop doing some things you like and losing friendships, but these decisions are necessary to fulfill your purpose of glorifying God. Know that God will be pleased with you and that this reward outweighs any loss that you feel. Jesus tells us that highest commandment is to “love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength.” (Luke 10:27), so use this as a guide to provide your life meaning.