Who Am I and Why Am I Here?
Johnny was just an ordinary fellow with ordinary dreams. His high school years were not especially memorable; most of his friends easily forgot about him after graduation (or at least it seemed that way). He thought about going to college and doing something with his life, but he had no real ambition. He was just going through the motions and he knew it. More and more he felt like a mental drifter; and while he didn’t like the way it felt, he didn’t know what to do about it. He even began to wonder if anyone would really notice if he took his own life. Oh, he wasn’t necessarily serious, but the thought did cross his mind occasionally. Again and again he would ask the man in the mirror, “Who am I? Why am I here?” – but the answer never came.
Sadly, there are a lot of people out there like Johnny. Perhaps you know of such a person. Perhaps you are such a person. If so, let me tell you that you are never going to find the answer by looking to yourself. The only One with all the answers to life is God (2 Pet. 1:3). He’s the One you need to ask, and His answers are only found in His word.
“Who Am I?” You are God’s creation, that’s who you are (Gen. 2:7). Furthermore, you are God’s greatest creation (Ps. 8:3-8). Why, friend, He even made you in His image (Gen. 1:26-27). You are “somebody” to God!
“Why Am I Here?” You are here because God delights in your existence (cf. Gen. 1:31). That’s right. He didn’t create man for nothing. He wanted someone to have a Father-child relationship with (cf. 2 Cor. 6:16-18), someone who would serve and worship Him from a pure heart (Eccl. 12:13; Jn. 4:23- 24). You see, my friend, you have a purpose!
Our heavenly Father is a doting father, and there are some wonderful things He wants for you. For example, He wants you to have a joyful existence (Eccl. 5:18-20): but that will never be satisfied if you don’t put Him first in your life (Matt. 6:33). He also wants you to be free from the bondage of sin (Rom. 6: 1-23); this is why Jesus died: but that will not happen if you do not repent and obey (Acts 2:38). Yet if you will do that, and remain in faithful obedience until the end of your days, you will be with the Lord forever (Heb. 5:9; Rev. 2:10; 21:1-7). Now, friend, that’s something worth living for!