What a tragedy for people to think that they have no ultimate purpose. They say things like, “What good am I?”
If we are simply the result of a random, chance beginning, our hope for anything significant and worthwhile is futile. Worthless stuff colliding and sticking to other worthless stuff just makes bigger worthless stuff!
With this view (called materialism), people would have no more worth than a clod of dirt. This is because each would simply be different kinds stuff. Perhaps this is why those that hold to this type of thinking, don’t have a high view of life, justice or mercy. There is no true place for love with this view either, because it too has no meaning.
But this is not what we see in life. A mother hen gathers her chicks under her wing for protection against predators and soldiers sacrifice their lives to shield their comrades. Love exists and any attempt to redefine it as something less denies the obvious.
In contrast to naturalism (or materialism) there is theism. It is the belief that we have been created by a personal, loving God.
Why do theists believe this? They believe it because God has made it known to them. Since God is personal he can and has communicated with his personal creatures (whom he has equipped to hear his communication and respond to it).
The philosophical materialists (also called naturalists) scorn this and laugh at or pity those that believe that a God has anything to do with us or our universe.
But again, their view does not match the way things really are. Man does have purpose and worth because he has been made in the image of God. Also, love is meaningful because the God of love rules his creation with true love and justice.
God shows us his love in this: even though we are rebellious and sinful before him, he sent his Son to take our penalty so that we could be reconciled to him.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. — John 3:16
Some of the most pressing questions of men are, “Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” God has given us his answer. You have been created by him and for him! And even though you are alienated from him because of your sin, he says, “Repent and believe the good news.”
God’s good news is “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” (1cor15.3,4).
You do have worth and purpose because the God of the universe’s Son, Jesus, died for your sins and welcomes you to become reconciled to God. Why? Because of his love and grace!
Don’t hesitate to embrace your God. The meaningful life you have longed for all your life awaits you in Jesus Christ the Lord. You were made for him.