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The Meaning Of Life

Posted on Jun 21 , 2014 in Faith & Life Lessons & Salvation

The Meaning Of Life

© By Brad L Hodges

If you Google the question “What is the meaning of life?” One of the top search results you will see is by Wikipedia:

Meaning of life
The meaning of life is a philosophical question concerning the significance of life or existence in general. It can also be expressed in different forms, such as “Why are we here?”, “What is life all about?”, and “What is the purpose of existence?”

Mankind has been desperately searching for an answer to this question since the beginning. Most often it revolves around questioning an individual’s specific purpose for being born, why they are here.

Everyone wants to think there is a reason they exist and that there is something special they are destined to accomplish before they die.

For many there is a deep dark side to even being born. A famous exchange of dialog in the movie ‘Tombstone’ illustrates this:

Wyatt Earp: What makes a man like Ringo, Doc? What makes him do the things he does?
Doc Holliday: A man like Ringo has got a great big hole, right in the middle of him. He can never kill enough, or steal enough, or inflict enough pain to ever fill it.
Wyatt Earp: What does he want?
Doc Holliday: Revenge.
Wyatt Earp: For what?
Doc Holliday: Bein’ born.

Before one becomes a believer and accepts Jesus as their personal savior, they may seek to find answers to this universal question in a career, parenthood, social service or ‘religion.’

On the ethereal level individual’s may seek ‘enlightenment’ and meaning through Buddhism, Hinduism or ‘New Age’ inquisition.

On the hallucinogenic side, experimentation may take place to find meaning by indulging in psychoactive substances like LSD, Peyote (mescaline) or Marijuana.

As you can see, mankind will go to nearly any lengths to discover the ‘meaning of life.”

Once someone accepts Jesus Christ as their personal savior the meaning of life begins to evolve into a clear understanding and definite purpose and to revolve around God.

The Bible has much to say about the meaning and purpose of life. Here is a small sample:

For everything there is a season and a time:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NIV)
A Time for Everything
3 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.

Gods purpose for you:

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Micah 6:8 (NIV)
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

Mark 10:43-45 (NIV)
43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Serving and caring for others:

Galatians 5:13-14 (NIV)
Life by the Spirit
13 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Being an example:

Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Finding answers as you proceed through life:

2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,

Dismissing the worlds search and view of purpose and meaning:

Romans 12:2 (NIV)
2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

What life meaning is:

John 11:25-27
25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.”

For more Bible verses on the purpose for life go to:
http://www.openbible.info/topics/purpose_in_life
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