Life: What is its purpose?October 9, 2007
This is an excerpt to a video I made and placed on YouTube. Here is the link, or watch the video below. I thought I would post it on my blog as well.
Attempting to discover the meaning of life is the ultimate vanity of vanities. Even those who have everything end up with nothing. The irony of life is that it doesn’t matter if one is a King or a peasant, a business man or an aborted baby. Death is the great humiliator for everyone. It is everyone’s fate.
Here are the last words of a man on death row: “Whether a King or a street sweeper, we all have to dance with the Grimm Reaper.”
No one dies who wont eventually die anyways. If you are alive now, you are as good as dead because death will reach you eventually without your consent or control. You were born apart from your will, so you will die apart from your will. So while we are alive on this side of death, what are we to do? What is our purpose? Is there anything of eternal significance for us here? Does it even matter what we do? This is the theme of the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible, but it is not the conclusion…
“Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.” ~Ecclesiastes 12:13
Why God’s commands? How are they meaningful?
God’s commands make life better. The often misguided notion attatched to God’s commands are that they are arbitrary, boring, and burdensome. But the truth is that God’s commands, or ways of living, keep us protected from physically, mentally, and emotionally harming ourselves and others. They are the solutions in how we are to act, resolve, and respond to all kinds of situations in life in a way that is nourishing to our souls and selfless to others. God’s ways are the anchor that brings us life and peace in the midsts of our sin and blindness.
One other reason one would live according to God’s commands is because He is worthy and His ways can be trusted. He is not like sinful man that he would lie. Living for God has eternal significance. The decisions we make now count forever. God is the rewarder of good, and the judge of evil, Rom 2:5. But one can only care about living for God until they are made right with Him.
C.S. Lewis said, “God does not love us because we are good, but because He loves us He will make us good.” We have nothing to offer God but our horific sin and rebellion against Him. The gospel is messy from our end, but from God’s end it is perfect. Our ugliness must somehow be recieved by His holiness. Only Jesus Christ makes this possible. God makes us right with Him apart from ourselves. The gospel tells us that Christ lived a perfect life for sinners, died their deserved death, and rose from the dead so they could be risen unto new life.
The gospel is truth which touches on the two most pressing concerns of the heart.
1. Only the gospel gives us acceptance of a holy God who exacts holy justice. Only it rids us of our deep and supressed guilt due to our own moral insufficiencies. We ultimately answer to God, not man, for our sins. Being accepted by God, only because of the finished and satisfactory works of Christ, makes all other forms of acceptance we are looking for utterly dissolve.
2. The gospel answers for us the meaning of life. That is, to know God forever. We are beings which seek out great beauty. We love looking at the Grand Canyon, the stars, sunsets, etc. Yet, none are in comparison to gazing upon the infinite, ever-revealing beauty of the Lord Jesus Christ. All else is a for taste of His majesty. All which we enjoy in created things such as planets, lightning, and amazing animals spark our interests by testifying of God’s creativity and wonder. But only the Lord Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of all the wonder our hearts yearn for. The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal solution to our hearts eternal longing.
Those who admit their sin, turn from their evil ways, and believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior and Ruler will be saved, Rom 5:8, 10:9, 1 John 4:10. They will be able to do what they were created for, namely, to love and enjoy Christ…forever, John 17:3.