015. What is the Meaning of Life?

01 Jan, 2010

Despite what you might be thinking, the ultimate question in life isn’t, “How can Conrad be so good looking and humble at the same time?” but rather “What is the meaning of life?”

You can also ask a similar questions, “What is the purpose of life?” or “Why was I created?”

If you had never seen a soccer ball before, someone would tell you that to win you’re supposed to kick it into your opponent’s goal to score a point and you need to outscore your opponent. But if you didn’t know that, by watching the game you could think that the purpose of the ball is to kick it around for 90 minutes seeing how many people can fake injuries, especially when time is running out.

You can’t walk on the field and haphazardly come up with your own definition of who wins a game.  The official winner is the one who wins by a set of rules.

It’s the same with our lives.  What is our purpose?  Should we be running around for 90 minutes faking injuries, or collecting brightly colored cards from the referees, or should we be trying to score goals?

You have to ask God, the one who created it all… the ball, the goals, the rules, the playing field, the game and even the players. We first have to understand that God ultimate purpose wasn’t to bring glory to us, but to Him. Now you might think this is egotistical, but if a loving parent who takes care of their kids deserves love, thanks and praise from their kids, how much more love, praise and thanks should God receive from us when He’s done infinitely more for us than any parent?

God ultimate purpose, was to create a family that He could love and would love and glorify Him. You can even see it referenced in the most famous verse:

JN 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

God loves us, and wants to live in fellowship with us.  That’s our purpose.   That’s the meaning of life. To love and glorify God and enjoy Him forever. And God pretty much summed up everything He wants from us in these two commandments:

MT 22:37 Jesus replied: ” `Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ [38] This is the first and greatest commandment. [39] And the second is like it: `Love your neighbor as yourself.’ [40] All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

So why is it that so many people have such a hard time finding the meaning of life?

It’s because people are looking for meaning elsewhere, either because they haven’t seen God’s purpose yet or because they’ve rejected it. And we all to some extent reject His purpose for our lives and live selfishly.  That’s why you see the world in such turmoil, from our families to our churches, to entire nations.

People try to give themselves meaning, through power, money, fame, being needed by their kids, by their social status, or success. But giving yourself meaning is like saying winning a soccer game is defined by whatever you decide apart from outscoring your opponent.

God is the one who gives us meaning. 

He is the one who has defined our purpose. Now do we love our ‘parent’ for His love, His blessings and giving us meaning?  Or do we reject His purpose and substitute it with our own purpose of what we’re going to do on the soccer field – even though it is He who declares the winner and it is He who has plainly defined how to win? God has created us out of love. 

Let us try to find our meaning not in our desires or what we think will give us meaning, but rather in His purpose for our lives – which is simply: Be apart of God’s family by loving God and loving others.

P.S.  And if you know this already in a general sense, then this also makes it all the more important to know His individual callings for our lives as well.What position does He want you to play on His team?  How does He want you to practice?  What skills do you need to work on?  What strategy should you be using? We not only need to know our purpose in a general sense but in a specific, individual sense as well.

PS 16:5 LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. PS 16:6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. PS 16:7 I will praise the LORD, who counsels me;  even at night my heart instructs me. PS 16:8 I have set the LORD always before me.  Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. PS 16:9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, PS 16:10 because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay. PS 16:11 You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Take Time To Pray:  Ask God to help you find the meaning, purpose and callings He’s given you. Today’s Fruit of the Spirit: Love.  A love for Him because of His love for us.