The Reason for living.
Many times one hears the question "what are we doing here" or "whats the
purpose of life" or "whats the reason for living" or other similar questions.
Many people search for the answer in all manner of directions and ways and
means and follow all kinds of strange cults and religions hoping to find inner
peace and fulfilment. They are in essence seeking some power outside of
themselves to provide this state of spiritual wellbeing even though they may
not realise it. Many seek some kind of assurance of the existance of an
afterlife and so they visit mediums and witches and warlocks or any other
offshoot of necromancy. The people who seek answers and solutions in these ways
may also spend and loose fortunes doing so.
In this modern era (2001) the emphasis to be an achiever and amass great wealth
if possible seems to weigh heavily on all generations and the penalties for
failure are even greater in some circles. These are only some of what men call
the reasons for living or the purpose of life.
There are numerous more reasons for living that are basically defined and
decided by one's personal and financial circumstances, geographical location
and outlook on life. All the major religions each have their own definitions
and answers to the same questions. In secular society the various answers would
no doubt fill many books and what would the atheist and agnostic reply to the
Even the angels have a purpose for living and there are different kinds of
angels with different puposes for existing, but I'll mention only one kind
here, the worshipping kind or rather the ex-worshipping kind
Lucifer or satan was perhaps the most beautiful angel ever created and he and
his millions of devils were originally created for the sole purpose of serving
and worshipping God.
(Ezekiel 28: 13)
hence the tabrets and pipes which are instruments for playing music or musick.
So to worship was his vocation, his career, his job, he was not qualified for
anything else, he thought he was but he was wrong! We are not told how long he
was doing the job God made him for. However he got too big for his boots and
was consequently booted out of heaven taking a third of all the angels with him
(Rev 12 :4)
whether they followed him of their own volition or were ejected by God because
they were part of satan's retinue
is not clear (to me) but whichever way you look at it heaven now had a big
empty space in it and the main worshippers had defected to rebellion so it must
have got a lot quieter all of a sudden.
God had made a good few million angels for the express purpose of worshipping
Him and they failed by choice.
So God designed a plan whereby the end result would be a people who would
choose to worship Him because they wanted to and not because they had to,
mankind would have a personal reason to want to worship God and that reason is
salvation. The alternative does not bear thinking about. Mankind was given a
freewill to choose for himself in Eden and the Lord knew he would choose wrong
but the Lord also knew that if millions more had the same choice they would
choose right hence salvation was made available through the person of the Lord
Jesus the Christ the Son of the living God, consequently God said let us make
man in our image and likeness and he gave him the power to choose.
So we have a lead fallen angel and millons of lesser fallen angels on their way
to a lost eternity forever without God and no way back, then we have fallen man
also heading in the same direction and for the same destination but he has been
given one chance and one chance only to halt his headlong rush to hell. He must
choose to accept Jesus and all that that means.
To choose to accept Jesus means to choose to worship God and be part and parcel
of the close relationship and kinship between God and man.
Revelations 4 v11
says this "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for
thou hast created
for thy pleasure they are and were created."
God has great pleasure in receiving worship. There are many scriptures that
require us to worship some of which
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the
Father in spirit and in truth: for
the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Praise ye the LORD: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is
pleasant; and praise is comely.
Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou
shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in
For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
1 Chronicles 16:29
Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come
before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty
So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship
Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.
Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is
Even If one knows not the way of salvation there cannot be any excuse to deny
God our worship as the following verse from the New Testament declares
For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this
TO THE UNKNOWN GOD.
Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
There are many more scriptures in the Word of God that exhort not only mankind
but the whole of creation to worship God. To give glory, honour and praise to
God in thought word and deed is to worship Him.
If we take the second half of verse
11 in Rev 4
and the latter half of verse
4 in John 23
and put them together then you could say in reference to mankind
for the Father's pleasure they are and were created for the Father seeketh such
to worship Him
and I don't think this would be taking the two statements out of context.
Therefore mankind was made to worship and have a spiritual relationship with
the living God and that does not mean shouting hallelujah nonstop for 24/7. It
means we show our honour, praise and worship in everything we do that is right
and righteous as well as verbal heartfelt praise in the meeting place or the
quiet place at home etc. This kind of life can only lived if we have
to accept Jesus and all He means. Only His love in us can make this possible,
I know from experience. Since mankind can and does perform many wondrous things
in and through the power and blood of Jesus, something satan/lucifer could
never do, it seems we are much more than just a replacement for him and his
devils. Being as we are created in God's image and likeness, and being that
Jesus came and died in our place (which He did'nt do for the fallen angels) we
are family and therefore closer to God and possibly? more precious than the
When as a parent your child might have said "I love you daddy or mummy" or
other things in a similar vein do you remember how pleased you were? Do you
remember how much joy you felt when the child laughed that hearty little laugh
or took that first step or said that first word (and I don't mean "NO") Imagine
the pleasure that the Living God our Heavenly Father gets when we give Him the
praise in whatever way can.
So whats the purpose of man's existance or the reason for living ? To love and
worship the Living God our heavenly Father. That is His pleasure.
The following verses speak of a time yet to come when even the unsaved sinner
will worship God
And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not
written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord;
and shall glorify thy name.
And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one
sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations
which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the
King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the
kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
Written by Wilf Mossop