As a high school student, I remember walking to our lockers in the morning with my friend, and one of us would turn to the other and say, “What are we doing here?” At the time, the answer was fairly simple for me: get an education and head to college. I’m sure it was much the same for my friend even though she was heading for marriage instead of college. Perhaps she had days when it seemed pointless to keep going just to get that piece of paper while wearing the funny hat. She certainly didn’t need a diploma to get married, and as far as I know, she never had a career which required a diploma either; so I understand her question.
Don’t we all ask that same question at different times along life’s pathway? What are we doing here? Even as Christians, who have the Word to lighten our way, as well as a promised eternal destination, the question still lingers: What are we doing here?
Take a moment to think about life…
- We work: A job is a necessary part of living, providing for our needs and wants, and can be a source of great satisfaction.
- We marry: Many of us find our true loves and choose to share life with that one person.
- We have children: If the Lord is gracious in allowing us to have children, they become a huge part of our lives.
- We love God and try to serve Him: As born-again believers, Jesus Christ becomes a part of our lives.
So maybe life looks like this
Perhaps the percentages are different:One part might take up bigger chunks of time, and we could certainly include a lot more categories, but you get the idea.
On our quest for an answer, we may look at verses to help us to find the answer, like:
Romans 12:1,2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
I once heard a missionary preach on this verse, and he put it like this: As you are going, teach and make disciples. That statement gives us a clue, and we can build upon it every day of our lives, answering the question, “What am I doing here?” At my job, think Christ! In my home, remember Jesus! At church, worship and focus on Jesus Christ! He is the only One that can give meaning and purpose to life. So then, our chart will look something like this:
God becomes the hub of our lives, affecting every part of it. If we try to put God one piece of the pie, the rest of life falls apart!
Perhaps you’re asking, “But how do I do that?” So glad you asked! 🙂 The answer is actually simple: fall in love with Jesus! Remember when that certain someone filled your every waking moment? He or she affected the way you ate and dressed, where you went, what you watched. I remember following the Oakland A’s because a young man liked that team! Now, I don’t even know who they are!
However, falling in love with Jesus takes TIME! Spend time with Him and you can’t help but love Him. Talk to Him, read His love letter, talk about Him, write down your thoughts about Him and you will find that He will be the hub of your life: the One that everything centers around!
The following verse gives us a glimpse at what it looks like to fall in love with something; sadly, this man was in love with his stuff! But as you read it, apply it to our relationship with Christ.
And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. Luke 12: 18
and I said, I know what I will do, I will change my schedule and put time with my Savior first; and in my life, I will give every part to Him. (The Wanda Translation 🙂 )