2004-04-11 - The Meaning of Life
The Meaning of Life Series, Part 3
There is only one source of life, and that is the life which comes from Christ. As we depend only on Him, we can be truly free to live, to experience life to the fullest. We are free to experience both comfort and suffering, and be able to rejoice in both. We are truly free, as we are shaped by our relationship with God, and not by our circumstances. This is why Paul could truly say:
"I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:12-13).
Paul is saying life doesn't come from being well fed, or not going hungry. He doesn't believe life comes from material well-being or the absence of want. No, Paul knows life comes from God and therefore he can be content in any circumstance. And what is the source of the true life? The Lord who gives Paul the strength to do anything. Do you understand what the Scripture is teaching here? We are seeing true freedom. The freedom to obey God's great commands.
"'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments." (Matthew 22:37-40).
To be continued.
Comments or Questions?