Why We Exist

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2012

“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.”
–Revelation 4:11

Why do we exist? Why did God create us in the first place? What is the meaning of life?

Not long ago, I decided to pose that question to Siri, the personal assistant app on my iPhone. I asked, “Siri, what is the meaning of life?”

“I don’t really know, but I think there is an app for that,” Siri replied.

I tried again: “Siri, what is the meaning of life?”

“All evidence to date points to chocolate.”

I gave it one more try: “Siri, what is the meaning of life?”

Siri replied, “I am surprised you would ask that question of an inanimate object.”

Exactly. Siri’s answers were about as good as what people come up with. A poll was taken among Americans who were asked what the purpose of life was. Sixty-one percent said the main purpose of life was enjoyment and personal fulfillment.

Then the same question was asked of Christians, and 50 percent said life’s purpose was enjoyment and self-satisfaction. But is that true? Is that the purpose of life for us as Christians—the reason we exist?

To find the answer to this question, we have to go to Scripture. In effect, we have to go to heaven to find out why we are on earth. In Revelation 4, the apostle John described a scene in heaven. He saw the Lord, seated on His throne, resplendent in glory. Around the throne, he saw living creatures who worshiped God day and night. There were 24 elders who worshiped as well, saying, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (verse 11).

So why do we exist? Why were we created? Answer: to bring God glory and pleasure.

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Esther 1-2
Psalm 150
Luke 17

Used by permission from Harvest Ministries with Greg Laurie, PO Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514.

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