“Everything under the sun is meaningless, like chasing the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1: 14).
Is life meaningless, don’t good people die just as well as bad people? The answer is yes.
How harsh an answer, “yes,” however, it is the truth. By definition, life, “the ability to grow, change, etc., that separates plants and animals from things like water or rocks,” “the period of time when a person is alive,” “the experience of being alive” Merriam Webster is just existence. Most of the time our (human) existence on this planet does not positively effect the earth: in many ways it actually harms it.
To dig further into this question, just ask yourself, “What I am doing now, will it affect my life after death?” In most cases it will not. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27 KJV). So, you are born (which you did not even ask for), stuck in this life, then, whatever you do in this life doesn’t aid you after death, what is the purpose of living?
After I made my cup of morning tea, sat down to study and write, distractions began to come out of nowhere trying to remove my focus from what I originally sat down to accomplish. My normal morning ritual (before I do anything else) consists of:
- A good cup of coffee or tea,
- My MacBook with good worship music,
- Digital bibles and study tools,
- And a sturdy writing software (I use Write for Mac).
Getting back on subject. All of the distractions were not even relevant to the writing of this post. However, I allowed them to continue in order to see how long the distractions would keep presenting themselves. Finally, I said enough and began writing this post.
Like I said earlier, life is actually meaningless in the entire scheme of existence. However, let me rephrase something, “life” as we know it is meaningless.
Have you ever wondered, “What is the meaning of life?” Or, “Why am I on planet earth?” Some may think, Christians and unbelievers alike, that we are merely here to enjoy our existence and then that is all. There is also another idea, that we, Christians, are here on earth to bring the Gospel of Christ to the unbeliever: this idea in-part is actually true, but many fallacies surround this truth.
Here are a couple of the surrounding fallacies:
- Sharing the “Saving” Gospel of Christ and bringing unbelievers to Christ is our only mission.
- Saving people and bring them to church is discipling them.
- Sharing the saving Gospel and bringing someone to Christ is only the very first part of our true existence.
- Saving people and bring them to church does not nessassary disciple them.
From the beginning of time as we know it humanity’s original purpose was to change the earth. Adam, the first human was created with the life of God in him.
“Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person” (Genesis 2:7 NLT).
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it…” (Genesis 1:27-28 KJV).
As we see Adam and Eve’s original command was to “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it…” (Genesis 1:28 KJV).
What exactly does that mean? According to Genesis 1:2 the earth was formless and void.
“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” Genesis 1:2 KJV.
Ok, but later God fixed everything? Well, according to Genesis chapters 1 and 2, the only place that was made completely perfect was the Garden of Eden. The rest of earth had life, but was not in the garden state as was the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve’s job was to go spread the garden into the rest of the world.
However, ultimately, humanity’s existence was to walk with God, to have a one-on-one relationship with God creator of all life.
“And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day” (Genesis 3:8 KJV).
The main purpose for our existence has not changed at all, “walk with God, to have a one-on-one relationship with God creator of all life.” However, with life as it is, all of the distractions we face (work, kids, office, finances, church and/or home), we tend to forget, or lose focus of this purpose.
Take note, just praying or reading the bible is not a one-on-one relationship. A relationship is “the way in which two or more people or things are connected”. We are to know our creator, not know about Him. The Lord our God has the same types feelings and emotions we do: where do you think we got them? We are to know what breaks his heart, what he loves, just everything about Him. When we know Him, we can only be fulfilling the true purpose of our existence.
Secondly, when we know Him, we will then realize the second part of our calling. That is, introducing Him to the rest of the world (our family, friends, coworkers, colleagues, neighbors, etc. then to the rest of the world).
During the process of introducing Him to the rest of the world we, just as Adam and Eve were to do, are to “subdue” (Genesis 1:28 KJV) the earth bringing under subjection everything that contradicts the original plan of creation: perfection! When there is sickness, illness, wrong thoughts and ideas and/or belief systems we are to, in the Name of Jesus allow Him through us to change these circumstances.
Remember, “…God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5 KJV). With that said, anything that contradicts The Lord God is darkness. What happens when you enter a dark room and turn on the light? The light dissipates and is gone. The same goes for this world. Where He, The Lord God is, no darkness can be.
When we allow Him to fully invade our lives he drives out all darkness; everything that contradicts His perfect will in our lives. This we need to bring to the rest of the world (our family, friends, coworkers, colleagues, neighbors, etc. then to the rest of the world).
When this happens in our lives we are truly living a meaningful life. Everything else is “…is meaningless, like chasing the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1: 14).