Probably everyone occasionally wonders “Who am I?” Maybe you question “Why am I here anyway?”
Well the answer is simple.
To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
I am heavily into the book Desiring God by John Piper in my Sunday School teaching. Piper’s premise is that experiencing joy in our love of the Lord is our ultimate goal and we experience that joy through glorifying God. W. Hunter Bingham* expresses the same idea in his chapter on “The Prayer of a Grateful Soul.” We should be grateful that God has given us this purpose.
“God made you and me, gave us personality, gifts and His image with something in mind” [Hunter, 110]. Our existence is completely dependent on God sustaining us, which means we are alive because God wants us to be alive. We are valuable to Him; we are special.
At times, we may all feel “out of time” when the pace of life is outstripping us, technology is getting so complex that we have no idea what basic tech ideas are and cultural ideas are so foreign that we seem to be from another planet. We may think that our life right now is wrong; we are in the wrong place and living in the wrong time.
We should stop and realize that all this does not matter.
What matters is that we matter to God, or we would not be here right now. We are not “merely the chance result of a process which began between friendly protein molecules in some ancient, warm soupy sea. And you can forgive the well-intentioned suggestions of hymn writers that you are nothing but a worthless worm” [Hunter, 110].
Knowing that you are important is important. Thinking you are here for no reason makes you live a life as if it is for no reason.
When we give thanks to God, do we thank Him for allowing us to live in this world today? Do we give Him thanks for giving us an identity in Him? Do we thank Him for giving us the purpose of glorifying Him?
We should take the words from Isaiah 43: 6-7 literally where God says to Israel: “Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for My glory, whom I formed and made.”
What does it mean to have our identity in God?
We exist to honor Him.
We exist to increase the fame of God.
We exist to make His name great.
We exist to extol the virtues of our Savior.
We exist to magnify the reputation of the Lord.
We exist to cause others to think positive thoughts about Him.
In John 17:4, Jesus said “Father…I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you give Me to do.” The same idea is expressed by Paul in the lines “whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” [1 Corinthians 10:31].
If our reason for being on earth is to glorify God, then our whole life is intended to be a testament to God’s glory. As we live out our days, our love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness gentleness and self-control should speak volumes. That is what God intended for us if we are accepting our identity in Christ.
Yes, it is perfectly appropriate to say “my identity rests in God.”
We are here to “glorify God and enjoy Him forever”.
We should be thankful for this identity and this life purpose.
The closing words of Hunter’s chapter say it best and they bear repeating: “Because of who you are, no one can do it better. And that is what God made you for.”
*from the book The God Who Hears