Why are we here?
Updated: Sep 14
“according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.” – Phil 1:20
During my freshman year of college, I was in the astronomy club at my school. I was mostly involved because of the extra credit opportunities, but also have enjoyed astronomy since I was kid. The primary task of the club was going to a location with minimal light pollution, setting up the school’s expensive telescope, stargazing for a few hours and heading home. On these ventures, we had amazing views of stars, planets and even distant galaxies. Utilizing the telescope, I could see the swirling storms on Jupiter, the massive rings around Saturn and sometimes the aliens on Mars. Just kidding, kind of. But, in all seriousness, the magnifying power of that telescope allowed me to see aspects and details of the universe that I never could have imagined.
Interestingly, we have a lot in common with telescopes when it comes purpose and function. The purpose of a telescope is to take something that is large and amazing, yet far away and magnify it to where it is clearly seen. As people of God, that is our purpose as well. To magnify a God who is all – powerful, all – knowing and amazing, yet distant in view for most people in the world. To bring His awesome attributes into focus for the lost with the way we live our lives.
At the top of this post the Apostle Paul in Phil 1:20 pins this idea of magnifying God. While he is imprisoned, he writes about his mission and purpose on Earth. What is his mission? Magnify the Lord. To bring the God he loves into clear view of a blind world. To make God known to anybody and everybody with the way he lives or dies.
This is important because, we unfortunately find ourselves in a culture where people see God as an accessory, not Almighty. Just a supplement, not a Savior. Instead of being the central focus of people’s lives, God is viewed as a get out of Hell free card and maybe a last-ditch resource for when things fall apart. To be fair, God does provide salvation and works miracles – but it’s nearly blasphemy to pretend that it is the extent of His capabilities. The dinnertime prayer is true; God is GREAT, and God is GOOD, but very few see or experience the full scope of that.
Why We Are Here
Considering this issue, it is our job as the people of God to magnify Him and make Him known in the world. To serve as spiritual telescopes to a world that is so limited in sight. That is our purpose. That is why we are here. We are to live a life that introduces God, and all His glory, to the people that are in our circle who don’t know Him. Friends and family that might not ever go to church, read the bible or pray, but know YOU. In fact, I’ve heard it said that you might be the only Bible some people ever read. This is a simple concept, but substantial responsibility.
To provide some practicality, here is a great question to ask yourself to determine how well you are doing with this: If God were not real, would your day to day activities change at all? As you follow your daily itinerary, does the way you operate dictate the existence of an all – powerful, all – knowing and Awesome God? Or does each day come and go with little to no ambition to make God known? Your every day life should demonstrate dependence on God.
Let us never forget that we are here for a crystal-clear reason. It’s not to be comfortable, content or even happy. It’s to magnify our Lord. So, be attentive of your everyday activities and the intentionality behind them. Don’t aim to just get through the day, have some friends and make some money. Instead, live in the same way Paul did. Ready and prepared to do anything necessary for the magnification of God and the furthering of HIS purposes in the world. It’s our everlasting endeavor - It’s why we are here.
I hope this encouraged you and provided some clarity. If so, I would greatly appreciate it if you shared this with a friend!
Also, here is an excellent Resource on this topic. One of my favorite books of all time: