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What Is The Meaning of Life?
by Greg Baker
11/27/2010 / Christian Living
Breaking life down to its most basic physical components, the meaning of life is merely survival and reproduction. From a purely evolutionary perspective that is all there is. It leaves us, however, meaningless.
For thousands of years humans have been asking themselves if there is something more to life than mere existence. Many do good, help others, donate to charities, participate in community needs, and love others in an effort to fill a void in their soulsto make life meaningful. Yet many struggle to maintain this level of goodness over a long period of time without becoming disillusioned and mired in a sense of futility.
The question remains, is there a meaning to life?
Everyone searches for the meaning of life. The different means by which we go about this is fascinating, and, under analysis, usually disappointing.
TYPICAL SEARCHES FOR THE MEANING OF LIFE
To Leave Behind a Legacy...
For some, their goal in life is to be remembered. Death robs most of us of our influence and power to shape the future. Most people will not even rate a word or two in the history books. But a few have been able to leave behind such a legacy that their lives continue to impact future generations. For some, however, leaving behind a legacy is the meaning of life. How disappointing for the majority that never do.
To Simply Enjoy Life to its Fullest...
This particular search for the meaning of life is the result of a humanist theology that life on this planet is all there is. The advent of evolution and humanism teaches us to eat, drink, and be happy, for tomorrow we die. This philosophy ignores the consequences of actions and the impact of those actions on others.
To Live a Life of Sacrifice and Service for Others...
There is something very noble about a person who gives their life for others. But as noble and great as it may be, it often leaves a person empty and burned out. The reason for this, I believe, is that helping and living for others should be a byproduct of the meaning of life not the essence. Without a fuel source a car will run out of gas. Without meaning to one's life your efforts on behalf of others will become empty.
To become Successful and Powerful...
Success and power are relative terms. They can mean many things to many people. Our own ideas of success and power often become a drug of choice. We seek influence, fame, or success as a means to give us purpose and verify our own importance in the eyes of others. Again, contributions to society should not be the meaning of life but the byproduct of it.
To Take Up and Fight for a Cause...
History teaches us that many people find value in life by taking up a cause. There are so many causes out there to fight for that you can literally take your pick. The need to live for something bigger than ourselves is hardwired in us. This pursuit has left many a person disillusioned and empty.
SO WHAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE?
Ultimately, the meaning of life is not found in what we are or what we do. Rather those things are only meaningful as a result or byproduct of a meaningful life.
The meaning of life is found solely in our relationshipsspecifically, in our relationship with God and secondarily in our relationships around us. When the relationships are meaningful, then success, power, influence, a cause, life, death, a legacy, and sacrifice for others all become meaningful and purposeful.
God created us to have fellowship with Him. Starting with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and continuing to this day, the purpose of life is found only in the strengths of our relationship with God and those around us.
The Apostles were great men who accomplished great things. But their accomplishments were not the result of a search for the meaning of life, but rather the result of a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. Reading the New Testament reinforces this.
Romans 1:1 - Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,
Many of the Biblical epistles begin in this manner. It was the relationship that made the service meaningful. What is important about the title 'Daddy' or 'Mommy'? Is it the power to order a child about? Is it the life and death power that you hold over a child? No, it is the relationship! It is the relationship between child and parent that makes the position meaningful.
What makes the role of a husband important? Is it that the Bible commands his wife to submit to him? Of course not! It is the relationship and the strength of that relationship with his wife that makes the role of husband meaningful and important.
God wants to be more than just your God, He wants to be your Father and your friend!
2 Corinthians 6:18 - And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
John 15:15 - Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends...
It is for the relationship that God created you! To walk with Him! To fellowship with Him! All the meaning of life is wrapped up in the strength of your relationships. Build those relationships. Add new relationships to your life. Within those relationships, everything else, every other endeavor, finds meaning and purpose.
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