What is my purpose in life?
God has created you uniquely, and called you for a relationship with Him out of Love for you. Despite our sins of failings, God through the work of salvation in Jesus Christ, his Son, has saved us and adopted us. Our purpose therefore, is faith, also known as our response to this love: to seek to know, love, and serve God in this world, and be happy with Him forever in the next. To do this we are to deny ourselves selfish acts, to put God first above all things, and to serve Him in our love for others.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Corinthians 8:28.
So, indeed, God has a purpose and we have been created as part of that purpose and for a purpose. And Jesus tells us what that purpose is – to love and serve God, and to love and serve others – and it’s repeated three times in the Scriptures (Matt 22:36, Mark 12:29, Luke 10:25). It’s really so very, very simple. When we are fulfilling that purpose, then that place deep down inside of us fills up and we experience peace and happiness. When we’re not, and we begin focusing on our own self and our own needs exclusively, then other emotions start flooding in.
Who is Jesus? Why does salvation matter?
Jesus Christ is the Word of God made flesh. In Him, we find a friend, a brother, our Saviour, our Redeemer, The Only truth Wholly Divine, and Wholly Human, the answer to every question, purpose and desire in our life, the source of all Love, Grace and Blessing. He, Who redeemed man by His Death on the Cross, and Whose Divine mission is continued by the ministry of the Church.
Salvation is the goal of human existence. Humans were created to live in harmony with God, but our relationship was broken through sin. As Adam and Eve represented all humanity when they chose sin over obedience, so Jesus the Christ represented all humanity when he chose obedience to God over personal desire. With his death and resurrection, Catholics believe, Jesus the Christ repaired the basis of the human-divine relationship, making it once again possible for humans to attain the goal for which they were created.
Humans experience this repaired relationship through grace, which is the loving benevolence of God freely offered to humans. Grace is a vitally important concept for Catholics, who believe that God offers grace to humans at all times, although in their brokenness they often refuse to accept it. When humans do accept the grace offered to them, their brokenness is overcome and they are able to be co-creators with God in the good.
Catholics believe that a repaired relationship with God leads to actions of goodness since it returns humans to their original purpose of loving and serving God and each other. These are not two separate aims: humans serve God by serving others. This service can take place in very concrete ways, such as teaching children, helping the poor and caring for the sick, or in more meditative ways, such as praying for others and performing penance for their sins.