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Does This Life Matter?

This is a question that is often asked in the pulpit, and you will get a different answer depending on which church you go to or pastor you hear. So is there a “right” answer? So many that are wealthy think they have found the answer through using their talents to build their war chest, which is now available for Kingdom Causes. Is that the answer?

Let’s consider the possible answers:

  • You are to live for the day when we are in heaven and all of God’s promises are revealed. This idea is one that is preached so often that I am surprised there is not a published sermon that pastors have purchased to create their sermon from. The argument is that all we possess, anything we have ever done, or any illness that has overcome us will not matter in heaven. In fact, the worries, hurts, and disappointments of today are not even considered in heaven. This theory is to hang in there and tough it out until then.
  • Some would emphasize knowledge as the end goal of earthly, daily experiences of life. Every situation is meant to teach us something. I don’t know about you, but I don’t find learning the hard way very appealing. How will all the pains of life and suffering such as a death of a mate or a child taking drugs or cancer help in heaven? Again, is life just an endurance test?
  • Others have declared that the purpose of life is doing. “It matters not what you believe; but what you do.” When the going gets tough, they assert, the tough get going. The adversities of life are meant to separate the sheep from the goats, the successful from the failures, and the weak from the strong. Every event in life is a challenge, but they maintain that man can get the job done. They keep every command and despise those that don’t.

 

An old man from Ukraine reflects on his prison experience of twenty years, followed by another seven for refusing to denounce Jesus. He told of miracle after miracle that took place during his prison term. I am so encouraged to hear a testimony like his. I cannot say that his suffering was bad because it allowed him to participate in life in a new, wondrous way.

 

“And as for you, you meant evil against me, {but} God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive”

Genesis 50:20

 

Jesus tells us that all things work together for the good of those who love Him. With this, we can see that nothing is meaningless. A flat tire, a rebellious child, empty pockets, a lost inheritance, or the death of a loved one all move me toward Life.

“Bless those that persecute you; bless and curse not”

Romans 12:14

When I give up and turn to the Lord I discover meaning and truth and joy. I must say in my own life, I look back at my problems and adversities and actually thank God for them because they brought me closer to Him and my joy continued to increase. In fact, I believe that this process will continue in Heaven. I call it Progressive Revelation. We will continue to understand and know our God throughout eternity, never quite knowing him completely.

We as Christians will never say that life is meaningless and that we are simply trudging through life to get to heaven. Whether it is a question of a how to handle a troubled child or suffering through ill health, we will pray and pray and pray.

 

None of the mundane or miserable circumstance of life are meaningless to us when they propel us into the Father’s presence!

 

 

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joe-sturnioloBy Joe Sturniolo
Christian Family Legacy and Wealth Planning
Joe believes that stronger families are the vehicle God uses to bring about significant impact for His Kingdom.

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