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December 30, 2016
Finding your true purpose: A 2017 New Year message from the Thusia Seventh-Day Adventist Church

We bring you greetings of grace and peace from YHWH God through His only begotten son Jesus Christ.

Everything in this world has purpose and we see it in the ways different aspects of creation function. Yet, many persons today never answer the question “What is my purpose?” They plunge into pleasure seeking, careers and such like, seeking purpose. Not finding it therein, they experience emptiness, boredom, depression and frustration Even the youth, as they grow older, find that the things in which they delighted in childhood and youth are all vanity. Those who live to grow older have regrets, realizing they need something deeper and more meaningful; they need to find their true purpose.{{more}} The Bible admonishes about the importance of purpose in living, by showing that you will be judged for how you live. Ecclesiastes 11:9-10 tells us, “Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. 10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.”

What therefore is the true purpose of humanity? God created man and gave him purpose and this is the first key point you must realize. Purpose is a spiritual or religious matter. No secular profession or occupation can truly give meaning and purpose to your existence. Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14 reveal, “13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Our humanity can only survive when we keep God’s commandments because failure to do so results in inhumane behaviour from mankind. It is your duty to keep God’s law; your purpose to obey his commandments, because He will judge everything on your day of reckoning.

Furthermore, God shows in Romans 13:8-10 that you owe our fellowmen love; love which works no ill to its neighbour and love which fulfils the law. Yes, there is no purpose so great as a person denying themselves, dedicating themselves to glorifying God in which they love their fellowmen. If you fulfil this purpose you will not hate and destroy each other. You will love; benefitting each other in your relation one with another, lawfully respecting each other’s rights and freedoms. This loving relation from one to the other will in turn inspire the other to love others, all through God dwelling in your hearts, giving you this purpose. In this regard true purpose and meaning is found in love to others.

Finally, the religiosity of purpose is seen in Isaiah 43:10-12. “Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD/YHWH, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.11 I, even I, am the LORD/YHWH; and beside me there is no saviour.12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD/YHWH, that I am God.” God wants you to know that He is God alone. This is your purpose; to know, believe and understand that YHWH is God alone and that there is no God and Saviour with him. Sin started when creation began to exalt itself as god with God. The angel Lucifer said in heaven “I will be like the Most High.”-Isaiah 14:12-14 and he told Eve n earth, “…in the day ye eat thereof, ye shall be as God knowing good and evil”-Genesis 3:1-5. Thus, loss of purpose came when mankind began to exalt creation to the status of Godhood. Anything you deny God to have, be it money, a woman, man, career etc, you are giving it Godhood status and you will find that you are still dissatisfied in the end because your purpose is not there. True purpose is to know the one true God YHWH and to glorify Him as God alone, by keeping his commandments which is to love Him and to love your fellowmen in sin-free living. May you find this true purpose and meaning for your life today before it is too late. A purpose-filled new year 2017 to all!

Thusia Seventh-Day Adventist Church