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“I Once Was Blind”

The Meaning of Life

What is the meaning of life?

I believe that we are eternal beings, and that our lives are minuscule in comparison to eternity:

“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” -James 4:14b

I think that eternity is like Mount Everest.  We stand at the base of Mount Everest, holding a three inch by five inch note card in front of our eyes.  This life is like a three by five note card that is blocking our view of the Mount Everest of eternity.  In terms of importance and duration, eternity similarly dwarfs this life.

So where do you think that our discussion on the meaning of life should start?  With eternity or with this life?

Assuming that we are agreed that eternity should be the focus of a discussion on the meaning of life, we will proceed with the words that our eternal destination hinges on.  When this mist of a life is over, we will all stand before the Lord Jesus Christ.  We will either hear the words, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness,” (Matthew 7:23) or, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master” (Matthew 25:21,23).

As our eternal destination being “the joy of [our] master” rather than the place where there is much “weeping and gnashing of teeth” hinges on whether or not we hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” I would say that the meaning of life is to hear these words from Jesus Christ.  And therefore the meaning of life is to be a good and faithful servant of Jesus Christ.

So how can we be His good and faithful servants?  I believe that the answer to that question is both simple and complex.  It is simple in that it can to some degree be answered in just a few words, yet its complexity is such that it may not be possible to completely answer.  I believe that the simple answer is universal, while the complex answer depends on various circumstances, gifts, and callings.

In the B.C. era, I believe that the prophet Micah summed things up quite nicely with these words:

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” -Micah 6:8

For those of us who have Micah’s long-awaited Messiah, the apostle Peter gives us an encouragement that sounds simple, but is life-changing:

“Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts.” -1 Peter 3:15

By His death He gave us life and bridged the canyon between fallen sinners and the perfect, just, and holy God.  I believe that if we but sanctify Him as Lord in our hearts, then the who, what, why, when, and how of being His good and faithful servants will work themselves out.  As He is sanctified in our hearts, we will seek to know Him more.  As we know Him more, we will see that our Father exalted Him; not only on a hill, and not only on a Cross, but above all things.  As we see Him for who He truly is, we will love and worship and honor and praise Him.  As we love and worship and honor and praise Him, we will strive to live like Him and to show others the love that He has shown us.  As we do these things we will find ourselves doing justice, loving kindness, and walking humbly with our God.

In this we will glorify God, humble ourselves, exalt the Lord Jesus Christ, and take hold of the eternal life to which we are called.  And by the faith in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit that is necessary to start, carry out, and finish this process, and by the atoning work of Jesus on the Cross, our faith will be credited as righteousness and we will receive the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ in exchange for our sins, which were nailed to the Cross.  And we will hear these glorious words, on that glorious day:

“Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master”

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April 10, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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