"What is my purpose?", we ask ourselves as we go through each stage of life. Many in today's world constantly struggle with this question and look toward many avenues in order to answer this question. They will search little snippets of various religions (Hinduism, Taoism, Confucianism), pop-evangelical literature (Purpose driven life), and most often their emotions to determine their purpose. The hope is that by researching and practicing these ideals, one will by their own will be able to discern the reason one is here on earth. However, this research ends up forgetting one, unalterable fact: the sinful flesh.
No matter how hard one works, studies, or meditates, they will never be able to fit the bill. They have a cancerous disease that permanently separates them from their God and eliminates the chance of perfection, or even a chance for moving up the ladder. Due to original sin, each human being has no good identity, but SINNER!
As individuals search for their purpose, they do so with an identity of SINNER and that identity does not do much as one stands before their Lord every morning. However, the Scriptures, point us to an identity that gives each person a purpose that goes beyond all other forms of pop-culture and doesn't even require us to do anything. And that identity is as God's Child that is proclaimed to us every day, not because of our decision or our work, but through a a few simple words, and a little water that came up on our head, which we call, HOLY BAPTISM.
Each day we start not as one's who are sinners, but as one's claimed as His Own and called to fulfill our vocation at each stage of life. This leads us to the question of the Christian life, not necessarily what is my purpose, but what does it mean to be a baptized child of God every day?
This will be the foundation of every blog posted, what does my Baptism mean every day and what does it mean from a confessional Lutheran point of view. As we continue on this journey, we will dig into God's Word, the Lutheran Confessions, and viewpoints from other religious views. May God Bless our time together as His Children under the cross of Christ!