Our Purpose in Life

Our Purpose in Life

There comes a point in every person’s life when we wonder what our purpose in life is. Surely our life isn’t on accident. Surely, we’re here for some reason. There must be some earth shattering, cosmic purpose for our lives other than wandering around aimlessly. Right?

Now, I don’t want to make light of things. Truly, I don’t. I’ve wondered the same things. Thought the same thoughts. And it’s in the midst of the everyday, normal routine happenings that life’s greatest mystery becomes clear.

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
-Micah 6:8 NIV

A beautiful purpose wrapped up in one verse. Of course it’s not the only verse. The answer to our purpose in life lies between the pages of Genesis 1 and Revelation 22. There are many answers, but they all have a central theme: God. He wants our purpose in life to be for the furtherance of the Kingdom, not for our own self-advancement.

It’s tough, walking that balance between self and others. Lean too far on either side of the pendulum and you become self-absorbed or a doormat. So where’s the line? How do we know when we’re leaning too far left or too far right?

  1. Act justly: Are your actions just? Do you treat one person better than another? Do you show kindness in order to gain something?
    • Zechariah 7:9, “This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another.”
  2. Love mercy: Did you ignore the cry for help from your neighbors because their faith journey doesn’t look like yours? Maybe they have one too many tattoos for your taste. So obviously, they must be living a life of sin, right? Or perhaps their sin is “less” than yours.
    • Matthew 7:4, “How can you say to your brother, let me take the speck out of your eye, when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?”
  3. Walk humbly: Anytime we think ourselves better than another, life is sure to remind us how wrong we are. No one wants to eat crow, but we’re constantly inserting our foot into our mouth. (And yes, there’s an excessive amount of clichés here, but they’re very apt.)
    • Romans 12:3, “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

So why do we have to assign a career to our purpose? Why can’t we be satisfied with God’s will for our lives: to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly?

How can you put this Scripture into action?

*Scripture taken from NIV.
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Toni Shiloh About Toni Shiloh

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness. You can visit Toni at her website.


  1. Great post, Toni!

  2. Great post and reminder, Toni! We do get so wrapped up in the titles we assign for ourselves and others.

  3. Toni, You are super! Thanks for the reminder of this super portion of Scripture. Love seeing you out and about on Facebook, etc.

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