As we continue on our course to a life ending reality, there is a search for purpose and meaning to life. To the older generation, it is a time of reflection. There is an evaluation of past accomplishments and failures. Questions are entertained as to what contributions they have made to society. Will they be remembered for their service to God and country? Will they say that their deeds have made their community a better place? Will they claim they have lived up to their purpose in life?
To the younger generation who has started the race of life, there is a whole different mentality of searching for the reason for their existence. I have seen so many young people struggling to define who they are and what their purpose is in life. To the teenager who has graduated and left the family nest, the world awaits their arrival. The enticements offered to the seeking novice take the form of sensual satisfaction. Pleasure and fleshly fulfillment are flouted as the way to happiness. If they take the ďlure,Ē they will find only temporary joy. Problems arise when their new found experience tends to fade out and the search begins again for purposeful identity.
A short time ago, I shared with a young person that the Bible contains the answer for why she exists. Immediately, she moved from openness into a defensive posture. She stated emphatically that she wanted nothing to do with the church. She claimed that the only difference between Christians and her is that they go to church. She stated that she worked with Christians and their public life style was just as messed up as her life. The younger generation today is more discerning than we give them credit. They can spot a phony a mile away. They would rather have someone reach down and help them gain their footing, than to be preached at by individuals who display inconsistencies. What they are searching for is authenticity. They are equally tired of experimenting with the things of the world and finding no lasting satisfaction.
If the Church truly has the answer for the seeking, we need to realize that we must exhibit the Truth, not only by our words, but by our life style and behavior. If we canít live the life we promote, we need to hide in our church buildings until we are ready to practice what we say we believe.
The message to our younger generation is they cannot define their purpose in life by way of the created; rather it is through the Creator. The Bible makes it clear that man exists for God. (I Cor. 8:6 NAS) Our whole purpose in life is to be available for God to use us in whatever capacity He chooses. To be able to respond to His beckoning call, we must realize that we also exist through Jesus. (v.6b) Every day we need to desire Godís will for our lives. The more we study the Bible the more we become aware of His desire and purpose for our life. We are called to have fellowship with Him through Jesus Christ and to be instruments of His Grace to a seeking world.
Realizing why we are here, brings purpose to life. It is no longer what I want; rather, it is what God wants. Understanding that our life is in Godís hands, makes our journey productive and purposeful. We exist for God through Jesus Christ. That is why we are here. Have a happy journey!
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