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"[God's] divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him
who called us by His own glory and goodness
2 Peter 1:3

Have you ever sat there wondering why you're doing what you're doing?  Have you ever asked yourself where your life is going?  The job seems to have stalled; you've been passed up time and again for that promotion.  Or your day consists of cleaning up after the kids, doing laundry, cleaning up after the kids, vacuuming, oh, and don't forget cleaning up after the kids; only to be repeated day in and day out.  Routine has led to boredom, lethargy, and apathy.  "What's the purpose?" you ask.  "There's got to be more to life than this, right?"  The answer is a resounding "yes!"

The book of Ecclesiastes tells the story of Solomon's search for purpose and meaning to life.  He tries to find it in money, possessions, relationships, and pleasures - the whole gambit.  Yet, no matter how hard he tries, how many things he accumulates, or how much he does, he cannot find the true meaning to life through any of those possessions or activities.  In fact, at one point in his search, he said, "I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind" (Eccl. 1:14).  how to find purpose in lifeLater he states, "When I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun" (Eccl. 2:11; cp. 2:17, 21; 3:19).

That affirmation is just as true for us today as it was for Solomon.  We were created for one purpose alone: to know God and live a godly life that brings honor and glory to Him in everything we say and do (Isa. 43:7; 1 Cor. 10:31; Col. 3:17).  True purpose and meaning to life cannot be found in fame or fortune, people or pleasures.  The obtaining of a sense of significance comes only as you fulfill the intent of your creation - discovering an intimate, personal relationship with God and walking in obedience to His commands.

King David wrote in Psalm 112:1 that the man who fears the Lord and delights in His commands is blessed of God.  In other words, when you are doing that which God created you to do, you are truly happy.  God commands each of us to "fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD's commands and decrees ... for your own good" (Deut. 10:12-13; cp. 1 Sam. 15:22; Prov. 21:3; Mark 12:29-31).  It could not be more clear.  A life lived in pursuit of bringing glory to God and pleasing Him will be characterized by godliness.  When you walk in humble obedience to God, bringing glory to your Father, Savior, and friend - as you were created to do - you are fulfilling your purpose and that is when you will find lasting joy, peace, and meaning to life!

The question you must face here is this: Do you truly want to live a life that consistently glorifies God?  I mean, deep down in your heart of hearts do you want, long, desire, or crave for a life characterized by godliness?  Let's assume, for the moment, that your answer is, "Yes.  I want to live a life that in every way reflects God.  I want to daily be, think, do, say, and feel in the ways God wants me to."  My question for you then is this: What are you doing right now to achieve that goal?  What plan of action do you have in place to pursue that purpose?  As the saying goes, there's no better time than the present!

Simply wanting something isn't going to make it happen.  For example, I want to be 20 pounds lighter, but unless I change my daily life habits and consistently adhere to a specific diet and exercise program, losing that weight isn't going to happen.  In fact, if I'm not careful, just the opposite could happen.  I want to be a godly man, but unless I make some spiritual lifestyle changes and adhere to a specific spritual "diet and exercise program," it will not happen.  To be godly you must have a plan and actually put it into motion.  So again I ask you, what are you doing right now to pursue godliness?

We must understand that godliness does not automatically happen for the Christian ...

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