2004-03-28 - The Meaning of
The Meaning of Life Series, Part 1
The Christian Life
In this message, we are going to look at one area in which Scripture defines
the Christian life. Just what does it mean to live in the real world? Next,
we will consider how we can live these truths out in the real world. In other
words, how do we live out the reality of Christ in our lives, our jobs, with
our family, in our neighborhood, even within the church?
What is the real motivating force behind our behaviors? Jesus said we are
the salt of the earth. "But if the salt loses its saltiness,
how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except
to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city
on a hill cannot be hidden" (Matthew 5:13-14).
But what kind of salt and light are we? What is the life of the Christian,
anyway? Remember what Jesus told us:
"I have come that they may have life, and have it to
the full" (John 10:10).
Now does this mean God came to give us everything we want? NO! There is so
much false teaching in the church today regarding God's desire for our lives.
We are led to believe that He wants us to be happy, to be fulfilled, to be
materially well off, to be healthy, and if not, to be healed, but this isn't
what the Word teaches.
The Abundant Life
Abundant life doesn't come from this life being one in which we can be at
ease. Life doesn't come from the children always behaving, or our wife making
us feel we are the world's greatest husbands, or from our bosses - or for
that matter, our employees being great. This isn't what it means to have
On the contrary, we are told to be a Christian means to suffer as our Lord
suffered. "All men will hate you because of me, but he
who stands firm to the end will be saved." "A student is not above his teacher,
nor a servant above his master" (Matthew 10:22, 24)
But how is this possible? How can we be promised abundant life, and at the
same time be promised that we will suffer? And Paul adds to the problem when
he tells us that "we also rejoice in our sufferings" (Romans
Here we have the promise of abundant life, of suffering, and the call to
rejoice in that suffering.
Is this what life is all about? Do you think perhaps this has something to
do with what is of primary importance in our lives? We were created in the
image of God. We were created with deep longings for relationship and impact.
And it is how we try to meet these longings that tells where we believe life
comes from, what is really important, where our heart is.
"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be
also" (Matthew 6:21).
To be continued.
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