Saved Soul, Wasted Life

"For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."—1 Corinthians 3:11

A poll was taken not long ago that asked Americans what they thought was their main purpose in life. The responses were interesting. You would think some might say, "To make a contribution to society," or "To have a meaningful life." But what most people said was, "The main purpose of life is enjoyment and personal fulfillment." It's interesting to note that 50 percent of those polled identified themselves as born-again Christians.

According to the Bible, the purpose of life is not enjoyment and personal fulfillment. The Bible teaches that we are put on this earth to bring glory to God. We need to mark that well in our minds and hearts. Speaking in Isaiah 43:7, God said, "All who claim me as their God will come, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them" (NLT). Therefore, we are to glorify God in all that we do with our lives.

Are you using your resources and talents for His glory? Sometimes we think that God has given us this life to do what we will. We will say, "Lord, this is mine. This is my week. Here is your time on Sunday morning. The rest of it belongs to me." Or, "Here is the plan for my life, Lord. Here is what I want to accomplish." Or, "This is my money. Here is your 10 percent, Lord. I give a waitress more, but 10 percent is all you get." We develop a false concept of God.

It's possible to have a saved soul, but a wasted life. If you were asked today, "What is the main purpose of life?" what would you say?

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