On Purpose


The following is a repost of an entry that initially ran in 2009. 

A few years back I read a book called The Purpose of Man by A.W. Tozer.  It’s very good.  The book’s basic premise is that God creates everything with a purpose in mind.  Everything.  Nothing is accidental or created without reason.

The reason we (you and I) were created is so that “…we might worship God and enjoy Him forever.”  The ultimate tragedy of Adam & Eve’s disobedience in the garden, he argues, is not poverty or war or disease.  It is that they lost their purpose.  What used to be such a natural and everyday affair, worshiping and enjoying the fellowship of God, suddenly seems uncomfortable and embarrassing.  They become disoriented and suffer what Tozer refers to “spiritual amnesia.”  Throughout human history all across the globe people wander around not knowing who they are, why they are here, and where they are headed.  Religion, he goes at great lengths to point out, offers no  help to this condition of the heart.  Focusing on “the externals,” our religious piety and attempts to impress do no better in restoring this fellowship than fig leaves over Adam’s nakedness.  But we continue to try, don’t we?  And we continue to fail.

Readers, we are made in the image of God for the purpose of worshiping Him and enjoying Him forever.  My prayer is that He will increase in my life, that I will grow in worshiping Him in “spirit and truth,” and I will, as James Snyder says, “withdraw from the rat race of religious life and focus on my birthright of worship.”

So, what about you?  Are you living out your purpose?



About Jonathan Riggs

Singer, actor, songwriter, and entrepreneur. And I like vanilla bean.
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2 Responses to On Purpose

  1. David says:

    Great post Jonathan. I have come to believe that God made us to love us and with the hope that we would love him back. That is his purpose. The more I think about that and Christ’s example of that behavior, the more I come to understand the best way to describe God as “Loving”. From that, the necessity of choice, possibility of sin and so on also become more rational to me. And to top it off, He Himself was willing to take the hit to make it all possible for us. Just my $.02.

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