Tuesday, January 8, 2013

9:30 AM

Hebrews 2:10 - "For it was fitting that He, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering."


Life is filled up with question isn't it? Some big and some small, some even in between.  Everyday we are bombarded with questions - what are we going to eat, what are we going to wear, where are we going to go, who are we going to be around, are we going to exercise or not, are we going to eat healthy,…..and on and on and on.  Those are questions that we answer everyday, in fact we answer them so much we probably don't even think about them.

But life is filled up with some deeper questions isn't it? One of the deepest ones is "why am I here?" Have you ever honestly thought about that, why are you here, why were you created? For I choose to believe that we aren't just random accidents but that every life has a purpose, and a reason for being alive.  So what is your  reason? Why are you here?

Look back at that verse again, "….For it was fitting that He for whom and by whom all things exsist…" Did you catch that? We exist for Jesus.  Psalm 19 says, "the heavens declare the glory of God."  We are created and we exist to declare the glory of God.  That is our purpose. 

We exist for Him and by Him.  He is the one who created us.  And if we look further than that, He is not only the one who created us but He is also the one who has redeemed us and saved us."  That is why we should declare His glory, because He created us and He went to a cross and suffered inexplicable torture so that He also might redeem us.  We were created by Him and for Him.  That is our purpose.

Many people however try to find purpose and meaning in what they can accomplish.  Solomon certainly did in the book of Ecclesiastes and after trying to find purpose in accompishment he concluded, "vanity, vanity all is vanity." In other words trying to find purpose and satisfaction in accomplishment is just a waste of time.

Solomon however didn't stop there, and neither do we.  He tried to find satisfaction in wealth, and again the same conclusion.  He also tried to find satisfaction in pleasure and again the same conclusion.  Fame, fortune, and all the pleasure in the world will not satisfy us.  We weren't made for it.  It's not our pupose.

But like Solomon we pursue it with all we've got and they we end up empty.  By the way Solomon was the King.  He had all of the wealth and fame that he could imagine.  He could afford any type of pleasure and he pursued them with reckless abandon.  (Read the book, Hollywood has nothing on him).  But even though he had it all from a worldly perspective he had nothing because his life was still empty.

I love how one Biblical theologian put it, "The book of Job is the story of a man who had everything and lost it but was still satisfied because of His relationship with God, while the book of Ecclesiastes is the story of a man (Solomon) who had everything but was still empty because he forgot about God."

In other words Job realized his purpose, and at least at first Solomon didn't.  Our purpose is not things or pleasure or even what we can accomplish.  Our purpose is Jesus and living everyday for the glory of God.  Augustine correctly said, "within every person there is a God shaped hole," and we will not find satisfaction, true, deep, lasting satisfaction without Him.  Or as the writer of Hebrews put it, "we exist for Him and by Him." We are here to glorify God.  That is what life is all about.  That is our purpose. 

Why are you here? It is a deep, profound, and important question because how you answer that question will affect how you answer many of the other questions of life.