Dear Pastor Andy, what are your purposes of living? Are they to enjoy afterlife? To be with god in heaven? To persuade more people to church so the church can be richer?
The afterlife will be nice, but it’s not my purpose for living…salvation isn’t meant to be fire insurance, nor is it so for me. And if the afterlife was my goal, then it would only make sense that I would live as if Heaven was a reward – but it’s not – it’s a free gift to all who receive it. So no, the afterlife is not my purpose in life.
To be with God in Heaven will also be nice, but that’s connected with the afterlife question.
To persuade more people to church so the church can be richer? No, that’s not it either…
So what are my purposes for living? I have 3. They are:
- To glorify God.
- To carry out the ministry/mission of sharing what I know about Jesus with those who don’t know Him, so that they too may know Him as I do, or better.
- To love my wife (and our beagle).