Mankind has been an inquisitive sort since the dawn of creation. I mean, the squirrels who pounce around in my yard do not seem to be perplexed about anything. They just mosey about trying to remember where they buried the acorns in my mulch bed! Humans are another story. We have questions and we want answers! I want to address three of the biggest questions (in my humble opinion) in today’s blog.
Question #1 is about life itself. Where did we come from? How did it all begin? This was a question that plagued me in the early seventies when I was searching for the meaning of life. My quest led me to some pretty weird concepts and theories.
A friend at the time loaned me a book that he had hoped would satisfy my curiosity and end my search. He claimed it did it for him. The book was Chariots of the Gods: Unsolved Mysteries of the Past written in 1968 by Erich von Däniken. It involved the hypothesis that the technologies and religions of many ancient civilizations were given to them by ancient astronauts who were welcomed by them as gods. It satisfied my curiosity, but not really. God’s Word tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:11, “Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” So, it was back to the drawing board for me.
Then, in May of 1975 I surrendered my life to Jesus Christ and began a journey that is a walk of faith, taking God at his Word. I have found it to be a much easier path than trying to make sense out of all the things, thrills and theories that the world throws at us. And what a journey it has been for me. It has actually been a Great Adventure!
Question #2 goes something like this, “Is there life after death?” Again, as a follower of Jesus who believes the Bible, my answer to that question is a resounding, “YES!” I am convinced beyond all doubt that when my brief earth-life of 70, 80, or 90 years, plus or minus is over, eternity will have just begun for me. I will actually live forever, somewhere. Jesus said he is preparing a place for me (John 14:1-6) and someday I will dwell with him forever.
That is the hope of every believing Christian. As the apostle Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 15:19 (TPT), “If the only benefit of our hope in Christ is limited to this life on earth, we deserve to be pitied more than all others!” Don’t pity a follower of Christ, for their calling and election are sure (II Peter 1:10)! When we breathe our last breath on the earth, we will breathe our first breath in eternity, and so shall we ever be with the Lord (I Thessalonians 4:17)!
Question #3 is an equally important one that we all must answer: “Is there life before death?” My resounding answer to that question is, “It depends on who you ask.”
Friends, life is so much more than just doing. It’s about becoming and being. It’s not about getting all you can, canning all you get, and sitting on the can. It’s about discovering the purpose for which you are created and living it out with all you’ve got! Do not delay the pursuit of the good and godly goals that are churning within your soul. Discover your true purpose for which you were created, and fulfill it with reckless abandon. Do not waste this one, precious life you have been given! Live your life in such a way that, for you, the answer to question #3 is a loud and bold, “ABSOLUTELY!”