The Purpose of Life

Greg Middleton
6 min readOct 3, 2020


Just in case you stumbled upon my blog site by accident I’ve been writing for over a few decades up until the current date. In fact, when I think of it, I started keeping a journal back in my early twenties. That would make it nearly fifty years that I have been expressing my thoughts on paper or computer.

For some reason, I have this inquisitive mind that is forever seeking answers to things that I cannot answer. It used to bug me because if you are seeking answers and you don’t know where to go to find the answers, it’s like trying to catch a hand full of air in your bare hand. It is like trying to find a needle in a thousand haystacks. Although many things are possible, to human beings there are things that are impossible. But as I have learned over my years, what is impossible with man is possible with God. Since God created all things, He holds the key to the existence of all things therefore nothing is impossible to the gatekeeper of all things. But, unto us, we have many limitations.

As a child, I would look at things and wonder how does that work? Nearly everything in creation is so spectacular that you might wonder how does that work? What keeps this all going? Even if you think all things evolved over time then what is it that makes them evolve? There has to be a force of energy that causes things to evolve from one form to another. Nothing happens without a cause even if the cause is obscure to us.

Mankind is quite smart and even more inquisitive therefore our curiosity causes is to keep on seeking. We eventually come up with answers to many questions that we seek. The bible tells us to seek and we will find. I am sure there are limits to what we can find but again those limits only apply to mortal beings, not to the Gatekeeper of all things.

Therefore if nothing is impossible to God and God tells us to keep on seeking, then that would imply that the only limits imposed upon us would be contingent upon what God will allow. If He tells us to keep on seeking, then we find what He limits us to find. It is also limited to His divine will and great purposes. That being the case our challenge would be developing a personal relationship with our Creator who is the Gatekeeper of all knowledge.

I gave this introduction to this essay to lead you into one of my lifelong questions, what is the meaning of life? What is its purpose? Quite frankly I still do not know the answer to this question, but my seeking has led me to a different plateau than I was many years ago. I am no longer frustrated by what I don’t know or what seems impossible for me to find.

Wisdom has informed me that it’s not necessary for me to know all things and, the fertility in seeking to know them. It’s like trying to get into the mind of God. Why! God is great at doing all the things He does so why would anyone want to get in God lane. Besides, we are such wicked beings that even if God allowed us to know some of His sacred secrets, we would most certainly use them for devious purposes. We have proven this time and time again. Therefore our Gatekeeper makes sure there are limits imposed upon mankind. That is a really good thing!

Based upon the history of mankind throughout the times we know that for the most part as a species we cannot be trusted with things that could cause massive harm to each other. It should be great news to us knowing that God places certain limitations upon mankind knowing how dangerous we have proven to be. There is a cute story about this in reference to the “Tower of Babel.” You may read it in the Book of Genesis, chapter 11, verses 1–9.

Wisdom has taught me to be content with all those hidden secrets that remain locked away from mortal beings. Because of our basic nature even we can see the necessity for having certain restrictions. However, with that stated there is still so much knowledge that man stumbles upon that could be totally destructive to the entire planet.

Look at the discovery of atom bombs? Look at the murderous leaders this world has faced? Can you imagine if Hitler had access to enough nukes? Do you realize what he would have done to the world with that much power? Look at the Persian Empire, the Roman Empire, Alexander the Great, Nero, or the earlier dynasties from Ethiopia, Egypt, and the like. Absolute power in the hands of any mortal being can be very dangerous to the planet if not restricted and contained. I am exceedingly glad that we have a Gatekeeper that protects His own creation… that would include us!

Rather than mankind trying to access powers that give him the ability to harm others why don’t we instead seek wisdom and knowledge that would improve life itself? Why not seek the cure for cancer or the common cold? Why not seek to find ways to eradicate world hunger and starvation? Why not seek answers to global warming that causes untold destruction of our planet? There would be so much good that we could achieve if our hearts were directed towards God. We should desire what God desires and then the promise of Christ would be entirely possible in Matthew 7:7:

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.”

This sounds so simple but in your heart of hearts, you know how devious mankind can be, so such a statement as this comes with the discretion from the Gatekeeper. On the other hand, if our desires were the same as God’s desires there would be no separation between what is possible with God and what would be made possible for those who seek to fulfill His divine purposes. Christ also told us that if you only had the faith of a mustard seed there would be so much more possible for us through the element of faith in God.

The disciples watched Christ perform many miracles and wondered why they could not do the things that He was able to do. Matthew 17:20:

“So Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”

Christ gave them a better alternative: “But seek first the kingdom of God (heaven) and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33

The point being, why seek things that are virtually of no eternal significance when you should be seeking things that are eternal and stored in a place where there is no destruction or rot. Seek instead the things of God that cannot be destroyed because God is the Gatekeeper of all things. Nothing is impossible with God.

So here is the verdict: the meaning of life is behind God’s purpose of life. The reason you are here upon the earth is to find God so He can show you your purpose, and then return to Him. All those secrets to creating things in order to achieve possession of this earth are irrelevant. And, they would be extremely dangerous in the wrong hands of mankind. Aren’t you exceedingly happy we have a Gatekeeper Who is One and the same as your Creator? Seek not the thing of this earth. Store, not things of this earth where moth and vermin can destroy them.

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6: 19–21 NKJV

Why give a man a fish sandwich when you can teach him how to fish? Selah!



Greg Middleton

Greg is a prolific writer of books, essays, blogs, and videos where he shares his opinions on life. Visit Straight Talk with Greg on YouTube.