Figuring Out the Meaning of it All
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Sometimes you find something spiritually thought provoking in the strangest places. Like in a rerun of an old episode of the hit sitcom, "Everybody Loves Raymond." A friend was watching it and said, "You've got to come and watch this." Ray was trying to have that most dreaded conversation of all for many parents. You know, the one about where babies come from. Unfortunately, today's kids are just too smart to buy that old stork thing. Why must the media make our jobs harder, right? Ray is sitting on his daughter's bed, doing his best to get into the subject of s-e-x. At the foot of the bed he has four books open to the pages that he hopes will help. And then his daughter throws him a curve ball. She says, "Daddy, I don't care about how we got here." Ray looks surprised and very relieved. "I want to know why God put us here." Dad's expression is priceless. It's a combination of bewilderment and "let me out of here." She continues to press the question. Now, he's obviously wishing they could talk about the birds and the bees! He's stunned and he's stumped. Finally he fumbles his way into the only answer he can think of: "Well, honey, sometimes it gets... Well, it gets really crowded in heaven, so God sends some down here." Now his daughter's expression is a combination of bewilderment and "let me out of here."
Raymond, the dad, mirrored a lot of us. We know a lot more about how we got here than why we were put here. "Why am I here?" That's the question that seems to dog us our whole life. We didn't know the answer when we were teenagers, and for all our experience, many of us still don't know the answer in life's home stretch. Just living more years doesn't answer the question of the meaning of our life. It just allows us to stay busy much of the time so we don't have to think about it. But it's still the fundamental question about our existence. It's the question that must be answered.
Honestly, any ideas we have about our purpose on earth are not much more than guesses, because there's only one person who knows why we're here - the person who put us here. The Bible, the world's best-selling book, says that we are all "God's workmanship" and that we're created to "do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do" (Ephesians 2:10). See, you're not random. God made you for a specific purpose. Our ultimate destiny is summed up in these words from God in Colossians 1:16 - it's our word for today from the Word of God. Speaking of Jesus Christ, God says, "All things were created by Him and for Him." You can put your name in there. There's a blank. _________ is created by Christ and for Christ.
Now, the problem is that we've left the orbit we were made for. It's called sin - our stubborn self-rule of a life that God was supposed to run. Unless we can get back to the One we were made for, we'll live our whole life without the answer to why I'm here, and we will die without hope. But the Bible gives us incredible hope with this announcement: "Christ suffered for our sin...to bring you safely home to God" (1 Peter 3:18). That means Jesus' death on a cross was a profoundly personal event for you. Because God's Son was paying the price for your sins so you could belong to the God who made you - forever. And so you could put your life in the hands of the One who can lead you into the destiny He made you for.
But you have a choice. You can put your total trust in Jesus to forgive your sins and give you a personal love relationship with God. Or you can continue orbiting your life around yourself and miss the meaning of the only life you get. There's someone listening right now, I think, who's tired of living without that meaning; without the God who loves you beyond words. If you want to begin your personal relationship with Jesus, would you tell Him that, right where you are? Maybe it's just a simple, heartfelt, "Jesus, I'm Yours." He's the only One who died to pay for your sins, and He really is your only hope.
Our website is set up to help you understand this relationship and to begin that relationship. I hope you'll check it out right away today. It's yoursforlife.net. Or, call toll-free for my booklet, Yours For Life, 877-741-1200.
Haven't you lived long enough without knowing why you're here?