Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Life Significance

So many of us have settled for a life of mere exsistence. Part of the reason is because we believe, as Christ Followers, that the point of Christianity is to make us moral. We live our lives trying to be “moral” in whatever situation we might find ourselves in. Life is about adding morality to the cycle of bill paying, work (school), church, and chores that we find ourselves doing every week, if not every day. Yet something seems to be missing.

The life God created for us to live is a life filled with meaning. The lack of meaning in our lives is the first indication that we have wandered away from God’s plan for our lives. Being a Christ Follower isn’t just about becoming better moral people, in fact that is not even the main concern, it is about trusting Jesus more than we trust ourselves. It is stepping to the edge of the unkown and trusting Jesus to do the right thing. Morality doesn’t add meaning to our lives; following Jesus does.

Jeremiah 29:11 reads; “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope” (NASB). God has a plan for our lives and this plan is designed to give our lives purpose. It is more than just facing life in a moral manner, but it is about God working through us to impact the world.

Yes, I am aware that how we live our lives, the moral standard that we live by, is very important and provides a contrast to how the rest of the world lives. My point isn’t that morality isn’t imporant, but that it isn’t the main thing. Answer this question: By following Jesus will we be moral people? Morality is the natural outcome of a person seeking to follow Jesus. If we focus on morality we might miss Jesus, but if we follow Jesus we will find morality.

Purpose is not found in morality but is found in following Jesus. What Jesus asks us to do on the journey looks different for each of us, but the call He gives is always the same: “Come follow me.” While following Him Jesus might have us teach a class, write a book, sing a song, wash feet, serve dinner, give money, build a house, go to another land, give our lives, or any number of combinations or other things. The purpose God has for us in following Jesus is always about Glorifying God, expanding His Kingdom, and loving people.

One of my favorite passages in the Bible is found in Acts 20:24. “But my life is worth nothing unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus–the work of telling others the Good News about God’s wonderful kindness and love” (NLT). The Apostle Paul discovered his life only had meaning when he was living out his purpose, doing what God has called us to do. If we giving our lives away to anything else besides what God has given to us we will always find our lives meaningless and insignificant. We were designed to live a life of meaning which we only find in following Jesus. Are following Him?

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