Why am I here? This is the main question for which all Christians need the biblical answer. Many Christians are depressed because they have not answered this question biblically. Many Christians pursue things of this world (many good things) as the ultimate goal of their lives and reason for their existence because they have not answered this question biblically. Many Christians live in fear and anxiety of the future because they have not answered this question biblically. Ultimately, a Christian will fail to worship the Lord with his life if he does not answer this question biblically; the Christian will miss the purpose for which God created him. The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Saints at Ephesus answers the question, “Why am I here?”
There are two key phrases that the Lord had Paul to write in Ephesians 1:6, 12, and 14 that answer the question, “Why am I here?” The beginning of verse 6 says, “to the praise of his glorious grace.” The end of verse 12 says, “to the praise of his glory,” and the end of verse 14 also says, “to the praise of his glory.” These phrases are part of the whole section, from verse 3 to verse 14. The point is this: the reason that you are here is for the praise of His glorious grace and glory! God is bringing praise to himself through what He has done for His people, people that are guilty of engaging in war against their Holy Creator (Romans 5:10, Ephesians 2:1-3).
So what has God done for Christians? First, verse 3 tells us that God the Father “has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” Second, verses 4-6 tell us that God “chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.” Third, verses 7-10 tell us that “7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” Last, verses 11-14 tell us that in Christ “we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” These verses tell us about God and His eternal plan to redeem sinful people, people that are undeserving of receiving such goodness from the Lord. However, the main point is that it is through God working out His plan of redemption for His people that He brings praise to his glorious grace and glory.
If you wonder why you are here in this world, if you are depressed and feel that you have no purpose for living, if you are pursuing things of this world as your ultimate goal, understand that you are here by God’s grace for the praise of His glorious grace and glory. God is bringing praise to His glorious grace and glory by having chosen sinful people to be in Christ before the foundation of the world, by redeeming those sinful people from the bondage of sin through the blood of Christ, and by sealing those sinful people with the Holy Spirit as His possession to receive His kindness for eternity. That is much better than anyone deserves.
As we battle to continually remind ourselves and believe the reality of what God says Ephesians 1:3-14, the Holy Spirit focuses our perspective on who He is, who we are, and what He has done. When that happens, then we grow in our desire to joyfully walk in the good works that the Lord prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). That will lead to us to live lives of worship to Him in community with our brothers and sisters in Christ. We will then have our focus on what the Lord is focused on: praise to Him for His glorious grace and glory displayed in and through His Church. It all goes back to having a biblical answer to the question, “Why am I here?” You are here to the praise of His glorious grace and glory.