In our human society, people pursue many things, thinking that they find meaning in them. Some are after business success, wealth, good relationships, sex, entertainment, doing good to others.People have proven that when they achieved their goals of wealth, relationships and happiness, there was a deep void within them, a sense of emptiness that could never be filled.
The writer of the biblical book of Ecclesiastes describes this feeling when he says, “In vain! In vain! …totally pointless! All are vain” (Ecclesiastes 1:2). King Solomon, the author of Ecclesiastes, had riches beyond measure, wisdom beyond his and our time, hundreds of wives, palaces and gardens that were the envy of other kingdoms, good food and wine, and every means of amusement available. He said at one time that his heart desired, he followed.And it came to the essence that “life under the sun”—what we can see with our eyes and what we can experience with our consciousness—is futile to life there. Why is there emptiness? Because God created us for something beyond what we can experience in this life-and-now. Solomon said of God, “He hath put eternity in the heart of man…” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). In our hearts we are aware,
In Genesis, the first book of the Bible, we find that God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:26). It means that we are a little more like God (some other life form) than anything else. We can find that before man fell into sin and cursed the earth, the following were true: 1) God made man a social being (Genesis 2:18-25); 2) God gave man work (Genesis 2:15); 3) God fellowshipped with man (Genesis 3:8); and 4) God gave man dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26). What is the importance of these things? God wanted to add each of these things to our lives for perfection,
In Revelation, the last book of the Bible, God reveals that He will destroy the present earth and heaven and create a new earth and heaven. At that time, He will restore full fellowship with redeemed mankind, while the unredeemed will be judged and cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). The curses of sin will be gone; There will be no more sin, suffering, sickness, death, or pain (Revelation 21:4). God will dwell with them, and they will be his sons (Revelation 21:7). Thus, we come full circle: God created us for fellowship with Him, man sinned, that fellowship was broken, God completely restored that fellowship in His eternal kingdom.
Life restored by Jesus Christ means
the true meaning of life, both now and in eternity, is found in the restoration of the relationship with God that Adam and Eve lost when they sinned. That relationship with God is possible only through His Son, Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; John 1:12; 14:6). Eternal life comes only when we repent of sin (not wanting to continue in it for long) and Christ has changed us, made us new, and we trust Jesus Christ as our Savior.
The true meaning of life is not only found in accepting Jesus Christ as savior, it is amazing. Rather, the true meaning of life is following Christ as a disciple, learning from Him, spending time with Him in His Word, communing with Him in prayer, and walking with Him in obedience to His commandments. If you are an unbeliever (or a new believer), you may be saying to yourself, “That doesn’t sound exciting and fulfilling to me!” But Jesus said the following:
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am humble and gentle in heart, and you will find rest for your souls, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).” “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10 second letter).” “If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me, for whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 16:24- 25).
All these verses mean is that we have a choice. We can constantly seek guidance for our lives, which results in emptiness, or we can choose to wholeheartedly follow God and His will for our lives, which results in living a full life, fulfilling our hearts’ desires, and finding satisfaction and contentment. This is because our Creator loves us and wants the best for us (not necessarily an easy life, but a fulfilling one).
A life of faith can be likened to the choice of whether you want to spend a lot of money to watch the game close to the field, or to watch it from a distance for less money. It should be our choice to see from God’s lesser “front row” but, sadly, not everyone chooses yes.