Life is full of strange irony in that many people have wondered why they are here and ironically many more never seem to ask this question, but whether you are seeking an answer to this question or not, the purpose of life still remains the same and this purpose of life is spelt out in the book of Revelation where it says, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)
So God created both you and me and everybody and everything for His pleasure and this naturally pops the question: How does God take pleasure in me and is He? It’s of course nice to know that God does wish to take pleasure in me and you and everybody else. So how does God take pleasure in all of us? Well, when you consider the words of St Paul, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) then you quickly conclude that this is what we’re all supposed to do and this is how God takes pleasure in us when we are all doing the right thing in life, and doing the right thing means to stop seeking our own glory and instead to seek His glory, and this is the purpose of our lives, we were created to glorify God in ALL things and to seek to give Him the Glory and the Honour and the Power because after all, it is He that created all things and not ourselves so as soon as we start glorifying ourselves and seeking honour and power for ourselves, then we are getting off track and if we use that verse, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” as a yardstick to measure ourselves then we quickly begin to see just how small we really are because – “do we really eat and drink and do all to the glory of God?” Well, we’d all have to in all honesty say that we all fall sadly short of this “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” – and all do sin and come short of the glory of God!
So is there anyone that can live up to the true purpose of life and how on this earth am I ever going to fulfil my destiny here seeing as we are all such miserable failures in this? You can’t help but be aware of the gaping hole of sin in us all and the miserable failings in us all and these horrible divisions with us all because the spanner in the works is all too often pride and us miserable miserable humans seeking our own glory and honour and power and so pride is often an endless treadmill that people find themselves entrenched in. It’s best to go again with what St Paul said, “Oh wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of of this death?” (Romans 7:24) The only One Who can ever deliver us from the endless treadmill of self-glorification is Jesus, Jesus lived His whole life glorifying God, in everything He Did He gave God the Glory, in every second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, He glorified God, whether therefore He ate or drank or whatsoever He did, He did it ALL to the glory of God! There is only one mediator between God and man and that is the man Christ Jesus so as long as we are in Jesus by having Him in our heart and fully yielding ourselves to Him, it’s ONLY then that we can start getting things right and so in every situation we should be giving Him the Glory and not ourselves because “without Him we can do nothing!” It’s Only Jesus, Christ in us the Hope of Glory, His Glory and not our own!
Jesus breaks down the middle wall of partition between us and God and He also breaks down the middle wall of partition between us and each other by tearing down this great wall of pride! So everything else in this world turns out to be some foolish game of success and failure and it was the famous author and poet Rudyard Kipling that once said “If you can meet success and failure and treat these two impostors both the same then you will have become a man.” So people often fail at the game of pride but really it’s a game that they shouldn’t have been playing to begin with and so success and failure here would be one and the same thing and the whole world now is one big game of so-called success and failure – but whether you win or fail, it makes no difference because you are a failure either way!
Jesus was the very opposite of pride, He washed His disciples’ feet and He told us all to wash each other’s feet. Jesus’ feet didn’t need washing because He hadn’t stepped in anything unclean along the way; we as humans will always step into things along the way because to err is human but to forgive is divine as they say, so as much as we should wash someone else’s feet, we should also accept that our feet need washing too and that none of us are like Jesus Who didn’t need His feet to be washed by anyone!