Why Are You Here?

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We live in a day when many people are asking many questions about practically everything.  These questions are being especially spurred along by the explosion of information and technology all around us.  Yet with all of this discourse, it is rare indeed to cross the path of someone who is genuinely and regularly asking the right questions, the “ULTIMATE QUESTIONS!”

Questions such as, “How can a man be right with God?”, “What does a true Christian look like?” and “What are the marks of a true church?” Questions like these touch on areas that most everyone likes to skate around. Why? -- Because these types of questions go to the root of many of our problems today.  Today's question-headline is a good example of this: “Why are you here?”  That is, “Why are you presently living and moving and having your being upon this terrestrial ball called earth which floats in the midst of an infinite universe?” (Job 26:7). Most people do not have a clue where to begin crafting the correct answer to this question. One example is from the now-deceased atheistic astronomer, Carl Sagan. Note well his pathetic answer to this profound question:  “Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic darkness…there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.” Wow, thanks a bunch for nothing, Carl... This question has also been stated in a slightly different way for many years as, “What is the chief end of man?”  Whichever way you phrase this “ULTIMATE QUESTION,” it is a question that must be answered correctly in our own day.  Why? -- Because the widely accepted response to such a question is that man is no more than a biological accident, a mere bag of protoplasm, and without an immaterial (or spiritual) aspect to his being. In other words, man is no more than an animal, albeit a higher developed one; he still has no soul, or no immaterial part of his being. But there is another more rational and cogent answer to our question, Why are you here? Answer: You are here because God has given you life to glorify Him with every fiber of your being! (Genesis 1:27 says, “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”) He breathed life into the nostrils of men, and they became living souls (Genesis 2:7). Therefore, all men are image-bearers of God whether they acknowledge Him or not!  Their very human existence proclaims that there is a God!  What is frightening is that when most people are asked this most basic question, the vast majority are still puzzled as to how to answer.  Why? -- Because no man by nature seeks after God (Romans 3:11).  If then, by nature, men do not seek after the God who made them, then a question like “Why are you here?” will not even cross their mind...and if it does, man will strive to ignore it.  So I want to do my best to make sure that this question crosses your mind and to challenge you not to side-step it any longer.  Why? -- Because you have been created by Jesus Christ to live for His glory:  “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible...all things have been created by Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16).  All mankind was created in God's image for the express purpose of reflecting His glory (Isaiah 43:7), that is, for the purpose of bringing honor to Him during your brief stay upon earth (Ecclesiastes 9:9).  Quit serving your own selfish ends (Romans 14:7; 2 Corinthians 5:15; Philippians 2:3-4). Instead, glorify God by turning from yourself and your sin and by repenting and believing in Jesus Christ as your Lord (Master) and Savior (Deliverer; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10).  Therefore, life has true meaning only in loving and living for the God who made you! (1 Corinthians 10:31)

 

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