Points to Ponder: What on Earth Am I Here For?
Points to Ponder
What on Earth Am I Here For?
I had to chuckle when I heard a commercial on a Christian radio station. The sponsor, a local college, began its ad with the question, "What is the meaning of life?" Then the announcer piped in excitedly: "We don't know the meaning of life, but we can help you secure a rewarding future!"
I used to be a marketing director. I found it interesting to imagine the college executives and their media advisors sitting in a boardroom and actually deciding that the above statement reflects who they are. Isn't it kind of ridiculous to think that you could even know what a "rewarding future" consists of when you don't know the essence of what makes the rewards rewarding? The meaning of life; is it so illusive? For many people, they would prefer to avoid the question altogether. Yet how can one pursue the what if one does not embrace the why? What is the purpose of life - particularly your life?
In Acts 17:26-28, Paul says that we each have been created by God at a certain time in history and appointed to dwell in a certain place on earth,
"So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us . . ." (v. 27).
If you have received Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, then you must press on toward the upward call (Philippians 3:12-14) and grow in knowledge and spiritual maturity (Ephesians 4:11-16). To know and embrace the calling to which He has especially called YOU - that's the next step.
Are you ready to take that step?
What is YOUR specific part in the greater purpose and plan of God? A truly rewarding life flows from the sure and certain knowledge of God's purpose. Ask anyone who knows they're doing what God has called them to do. Their joy is full, the rewards are boundless.
Some crowd asked Jesus, "What shall we do that we may work the works of God?" (John 6:28). Jesus' answer was simple and yet profound. You may want to avoid knowing it.
"Jesus answered and said to them, 'This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent'" (v. 29).
To believe is a choice; a commitment of the heart and engagement of the will. If you have been struggling with finding meaning in your life and the ultimate purposes for why you are here on earth, could it be that you have been avoiding His answer to your question?
Faith doesn't always make sense. But then what does seem to make sense, often doesn't work.
The pursuit of meaning and purpose will continue to elude those who refuse to seek no Higher authority than themselves. Sometimes the thing you are resisting is the very thing you've been called and designed to do. What God said to a reluctant teenaged Jeremiah could be said to anyone of us who will dare ask in humility, "Lord, why am I here?"
"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born I sanctified you" (Jeremiah 1:5a,b).
No one gets here by accident. Those who want to know the Lord must come to Him.
"If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of water" (John 7:37b-38).
That's the promise of eternal life. That's not just long life. It is a quality of life; for only God is eternal. So, those who come to Christ by faith go deeper, not just longer.
Not having that depth of life and close walk with the Lord is to live with a void, a sense of "something missing" words can't describe. And if you try, you find yourself explaining and adding to your explanation, yet never quite putting a finger on it.
God's word to you says, "Come." Some things will never make sense to you until you do. The most important things are plain to see when you're looking in the right direction.
"I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me" (Proverb 8:17).
Points to Ponder is a series of occasional articles written by Rev. Dennis Whitmore, Pastor of Hilltop Christian Fellowship of Clear Spring, MD. www.hilltopchristianfellowship.com. Listen to Pastor Dennis on WJEJ-1240 AM, Tues and Thurs, at 2:10am and 10:45am both days.