What Are You Looking For?

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

An interesting premise raised in “The Power of Meaning” by Emily E. Smith is that the search for happiness is not the primary purpose of life.  Although Ms. Smith is not a Christian, she argues that anyone who makes happiness their life goal is completely self-centered.  Today’s mantra of “being true to yourself” or “finding yourself” is not where ultimate purpose and meaning is found.  So, where then should we look for it?  According to Ms. Smith options may include religious faith, career, community, and caring for one’s family.  However, I think a question this important demands a more definitive answer!

In the New Testament letter of Romans, the apostle Paul reminds us that the meaning and purpose of life is derived from the one true God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  At the conclusion of Romans 11, Paul breaks out in a hymn of praise proclaiming, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.”  To glorify God entails honoring Him by having a proper understanding of who He is and then responding to Him in obedience.

Career, community, and family are certainly important.  But, it is only through a personal relationship with God that we find an unshakable sense of purpose.  When this happens, everything else in life will fall into its proper place.  As the Westminster Confession of Faith puts it, our chief purpose is to “…glorify God, and fully to enjoy Him forever.”