11th January 2017

Raison d’être 

“Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.”
1 Corinthians 15:49 (ESV)

Life presents us with highs and lows most of the time. We enjoy the highs; they are often celebrations and times of joy. The lows are to be endured, however they can seem so low that they are subterranean in depth—so insurmountable that you think there will never come a time when you will smile again. Perhaps you have lost your job, your business is bankrupt or worse still, you have lost a loved one. These are the times when you question how you are going to carry on and, indeed, what point is there to life itself?

The French have an expression that has no equal in the English language – it is ‘raison d’être.’ The dictionary definition is ‘the most important reason or purpose for someone or something’s existence.’

So, what is our raison d’être? We have one whether we want to acknowledge it or not. God has a purpose for you and me, as we read in Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”

Why do we have to carry on in the face of sorrow and disappointment? The apostle Paul gives the answer in 2 Timothy 1:9: “[God] who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began.” 

No matter how bleak we feel right now, we own a future that is glorious in Jesus Christ. He has freely given this to us. Take heart and talk to him. Tell him exactly how you feel –he understands desolation – he experienced it and overcame it. He will replace your sorrow with a spirit of peace and hope as you look to the future. No-one can have a greater raison d’être than to share a future with Jesus. Read John 1:12: “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” There are untold and unimaginable ‘highs’ ahead, take heart and hold on tight to your inheritance of eternity.

Father God, thank you for this wonderful future that lies just ahead of us. Thank you for being with us during the highs and lows of our lives. Thank you that you never fail us even when we fail you. You forgive us and continue to plan our future of divine joy.

Study by Irene Wilson


About the Author: 2015-01-24 Irene Wilson & Joy Barlow prepare brunch
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Herts. WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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