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Is this what life is about?

Think about it.

We spend our lives doing routine things. We wake up, eat, bathe, study, work, or spend our time pursuing wealth. For some people, the money they earn is insufficient, so they try different ways to make more to make ends meet. For others, the money they earn is more than the former but still, that amount is not enough because they want even more.

Some seek better status, better contacts, seek enjoyment and so on. When happiness eludes them, they seek to find it in their careers. “Surely I can find happiness in my job”? Indeed, for the few, their jobs do provide a certain level of satisfaction.  Alternatively, they could seek happiness by outdoing those whom they know. They pursue happiness by having better jobs, bigger salaries, bigger houses, more technological gadgets, better relationships, and so on. When things do not work out in the relationships, they may break up and go on to the next ones, hoping for that elusive thing called happiness.  Competition, meritocracy, industrialisation – all these things promised happiness. But the reality is far different.

You can go travelling all over the world, earn all the money you want, become rich, buy all the latest technological gadgets, scintillate your senses and possess all the things in the world, and it would still not make a difference. Because life is not about these things. Some, in the vain pursuit of money, earn their salaries hoping to derive security from them, only to see the salaries eaten up by inflation. Or lose their jobs through retrenchments.

Others think that life is about the self. It’s about me and myself. “If I do things to pamper myself, go out partying, meet friends, drink, take drugs or get married to a rich person, I’m sure to be happy.” Life becomes a ceaseless pursuit of that elusive goal.

Seeking happiness by being less selfish?

Some others devote themselves to their children and family. Yet, ultimately, all the people we devote our lives to eventually grow old and move out or get married. Families go their separate ways.

Others seek happiness in spiritual experiences or in pursuing some form of charity work. While charity work can give some level of satisfaction, eventually, the question still boils down to a simple one.

Is this all that life is about? You eat, enjoy yourself and you die?

I would suggest that the pursuit of happiness is a false pursuit. That we are not here to be happy.

My story

Let me illustrate with a personal example.

I grew up in a big family, when it was still common in my country for an extended family to be living together in the same house. Life was relatively simple then but I noticed that then, as now, people pursued the following things:-

They sought to earn lots of money so that they would be looked up to.  When they prayed to gods they believed in, it was about getting health, money and a better life. They believed that the gods they prayed to would bless them if they did good and earn displeasure if they did bad things. As a young kid, I just did as I was told and all these meant nothing to me.

Then I discovered the Christian God when I was seven years old.

My discovery of God

This was a different God. Firstly, I found out that humans were created by this God but that we have rebelled against him and gone our separate ways. So, this God has been trying to reconcile human beings back to him to restore the broken relationship. Rebelling against God is “sin” and “sin” leads to death. Once a person rebels against God, this is against God’s very nature. For God is perfect. And God loves us. It pains him that human beings reject his way and wants us to experience every good thing that he can give. Eternal life. Love. Contentment. “Sin” not only leads to separation from God, but it also leads to consequences. Consequences like broken relationships, anger, fights, discontentment, unhappiness, hatred, suffering and so on.

Think about it. Haven’t you seen the effects of this rebellion?

Rebellion

On the other side of the ring, is a spirit being called the devil or satan. This is an archangel who has rebelled against God and led 1/3 of the angels to fight against God. This rebellion failed but since then, the fallen angels (now called demons) have been fighting to lead humanity in rebellion against God. Humans since Adam and Eve have been following the ways of the devil and seeking their own ways in pursuit of what they want. These ways lead to death and punishment in a place called hades, a place where human spirits go to after they die. This is where human spirits are held where they are punished for their sins as they await the final day of judgement.

To prevent people from perishing in eternal damnation in hell after the day of judgement, God has set in place a plan to save humans. He knows no human beings would be able to fulfil the righteous requirements of the law, so he sent one third of himself down to Earth to become the saviour or “messiah”. This came to be known as Jesus Christ. He became a man who did not sin and was punished unjustly for the sins of man and so fulfilled the righteous requirements of the law which demanded punishment for sins. By dying on the cross, he has torn down the dividing wall of hostility between God and humanity.

Reconciliation

What does this mean? It means that humans have a chance to be reconciled to God. That we can now share in God’s joy. That God in his love allows us to join him in paradise after we die. In paradise, we shall be able to meet other people who have also accepted Christ and perhaps also those who were stillborn or aborted before birth. Perhaps some of your friends and relatives?

What we must do to get right with God

God, who resides in heaven seeks your acceptance of this sacrifice. Will you accept this gift? All you have to do is to pray to accept the sacrifice of Christ. We have to repent of our sin. Accepting the sacrifice of Jesus and being reconciled to God is very simple. It merely requires you to say this prayer to God:

“Our Father in Heaven, Almighty God,

I realise I have sinned against you and have rebelled against you. I accept the sacrifice of Jesus Christ who died on the cross for me so that he might become my saviour. Please accept me as your son so that I might be reconciled to you. Holy Spirit, please come into my heart. Father, please forgive me my sins. Grant me that I live a life in obedience to you and grow in love for you and other people. Thank you.

In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray,

Amen.”

After this, get a Christian to baptise you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Earlier, I made the statement that life is not about the pursuit of happiness. It isn’t. It’s about the pursuit of God. Only through following God and being found faithful to him can we achieve what God intended for us at creation.

Anything else?

You mean that’s all? It’s that simple?

Yes. It is humans who make life complicated. Once you surrender your life to God, he will grant you eternal life. But this does not mean that we will immediately change and become a much better person. Each time we sin, we need to go to God and repent and ask for forgiveness and ask God that he gives is victory over sin. When we realise that we are helpless to change ourselves till we are perfect but trust that God will change us from within, we are one step closer to God’s perfection.

Read the bible every day. Meditate on God’s word. Pray to God. Grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Follow him. Keep on trusting him. God will always be there for you. Pray that he lead you to a good mainstream church to fellowship with other Christians and grow. Avoid the cult groups. Spread the gospel (just as I have done to you). Rely on him to show you how to live every day. Live as one who has been saved by grace.

Our reward

What then is the reward of the saved? For one thing, God promises that you will live forever. As human beings, when we see how badly other human beings have treated one another and mismanaged the Earth, we might ask “why would I want to live forever?” Good question. But the thing is, when we live forever, it will not be as human beings any more. It will be as spirit beings and you will be able to be close to God who will let you live in an environment where people love one another. No more nasty people around to hurt you. No more suffering. No more office politics. No more scheming people out to destroy you and destroy your reputation. No more pain. No more sickness. Only joy and care where God himself will care so much for you that he will personally wipe every tear away from your eyes. Think of the person who cares most for you in this world. God is like that person, only infinitely more caring. He cared enough to die for you on the cross.

Another reward of the saved is that God will share everything he has with you. Like a father who loves his son and wants the best for him, God wants the best for you too. In heaven, each person will be given a position where we can do good and where God thinks we are suitable for, based on what we have done in this life. In heaven, there shall be no evil because Satan and his demons would have been  cast into hell for punishment together with unrepentant human beings.

May God grant that I see you in heaven, where TRUE meaning of life may be found.

Alternatively, of course, you could reject continue your pursuit of life separate from God. 

It’s your choice.

Biblical references:

If you need some biblical references to support what I have written above, please read the verses below.

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (KJV)

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (KJV)

Proverbs 16:25 “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” (NKJV)

John 3:15 -17 “…That whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (KJV)

Romans 5:6-15 “For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.” (NKJV)

Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (NKJV)

Acts 17:30-31 “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.” (NKJV)

Romans 10:9-10 “…because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (ESV)

Acts 2:38-39 “Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (KJV)

Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks will find; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.” ~KJV Ad.

Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ that lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” ~ KJV Ad.

Romans 10:13
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (KJV)

2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (KJV)

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