I have been reading a book that has just been published titled Psychology in the Spirit, by Todd Hall and John Coe. I learned of it through Intervarsity Press for whom I am reviewing books on occasion.
In one of the chapters, Coe addresses what he understands to be the core truths of the Christian faith and how it ought to guide Christian psychologists. His views sure seem to be right in line with what the teachings of the Bible boil down to in regards to our life purpose. Here’s a summary.
God exists and we are made in his image, (Genesis 1:26; 2:18) and are fundamentally, relational beings. We are created to be in relationship with God and other people. In that light, we’re to love God with all our might and to love others. (Mark 12:30-31 and 1 Corinthians 15:28)
We are all sinners, and by the grace of G0d, are saved by what Jesus did on the cross. (Romans 5:6-10) Because of this we are a new creation in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
We are also to become like Christ to the degree we can before our life on earth is ended. (Romans 8:29)
It’s only by the power and guiding of the Holy Spirit within us that we can love God and others and be more Christ-like as God desires to fill us with the fullness of his presence. (1 John 3:2-3 and Ephesians 3:17; 5:18)
And these key aspects of living are to be done in such a way that God is glorified. (1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Peter 4:11)
If we can keep this in mind day to day and be guided by regularly reading the Bible and meditating on the truths found there, we will be much more apt be to living out God’s will for our life – our purpose in life.
My prayer for you is that you be drawn closer to God through Jesus by the power and under the direction of the Holy Spirit. In this, may you clearly understand his life purpose and be able to live it. To God be the glory. Amen!
An affirmation for today – “If I don’t stand firmly in my faith, I won’t stand at all.” Isaiah 7:9