THE PURPOSE OF LIFE
Some years ago Jawaharlal Nehru was visiting the United States. He requested the pleasure of visiting Einstein, who was probably the greatest brain that ever lived. The request was granted. They talked of politics, travel, etc., and then Nehru said, "Mr. Einstein, the question that I came to ask is this, 'Have you found the meaning of life?'" Einstein bowed his head and replied, "No, I have not found the meaning of life."
Men and women ask, "Why was I born? Why did God make me? Why am I here? What is the purpose of life?" We all have such questions in our mind.
The definition of life is-it is the union of soul and body. It is the period between birth and death. Life is a trust, a loan from God for a short period of time (Job 1:21). "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away." Some say life is an unsubstantial flimsy thing. It is here today and gone tomorrow.
The question that comes to our mind is, "Where did we get life from?" From our parents. And where did they get it from? Inevitably, one goes back to Eden and the creation of man. "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul" (Gen. 2:7). Life is a characteristic, an attribute, of the very nature of the Almighty God.
Kinds Of Life
The Bible speaks of three kinds of life.
1. Physical life, which was given to man at the time of creation.
2. Spiritual life. This is the new life that God gives to the believer in Jesus Christ. Paul writes to Ephesians in 2:1, "And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins." The new life is a gift from God to the repentant sinner.
3. Eternal life. This is the nature and characteristic of the Lord.
Life is: 1. Like a shadow (Eccl. 6:12). A shadow is such a poor imitation of the real thing. Can you recognise a person by his shadow? Shadows can be so deceiving, so long, so short. Life is like that.
2. Life is like water spilt on the ground (2 Sam.14:34). In a moment, the earth absorbs the moisture and it disappears.
3. Life is like a flower (Job 14:1,2). First, we see the blade, then leaves, and afterwards the beautiful bud slowly opens and we gasp at its beauty. Then it withers and is gone-gone so soon, so quickly. Some flowers never bloom. They are cut down in their prime.
4. Life is like a tale (Psa. 90: 9). Life is like an interesting story that is soon told and the people look for another form of entertainment.
Length Of Life
Before the flood in Genesis 5, the life span was an average of 846 years. After the flood in Genesis 11, the life span was reduced to 393 years. In Moses' time it was, "The days of our years are threescore years, and ten (70), and if, by reason of strength, they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow" (Psa. 90:10). "Man that is born of a woman is of a few days" (Job 14:1). Life is like a vapour that quickly vanishes away (Jas. 4:13-15). Life is limited to a set time.
God in His sovereign will has set the span of our lives. A wise man told his disciples to prepare for death the day before they died. "But," they objected, "we may die tomorrow." "True," he replied, "then prepare today."
The Purpose Of Life
Life is a moment of time in which to prepare for the long eternity. In this brief, fleeting, second of time we are asked to answer one question, "Where would you spend eternity?" There are two great eternities. We must choose one or the other. No neutral ground.
First, the blessed privilege of living forever with the Lord Jesus in heaven.
Second, the terrible anguish of living forever with Satan in a burning hell.
The purpose in life is to let you personally choose the abiding place of your soul.
Paul said in Philippians 1:21, "For to me to live is Christ." Christ is life. It is very true that life is so short and death is very near. Today, make the right decision to be with Christ forever in heaven. When I invite Jesus to come into my heart, He comes in and I am indwelt by God's life, eternal life.
When Jesus comes into my life, He takes away sin and cleanses the heart. With Christ within, I am indwelt by eternal life and can never perish. Decide today to invite Jesus into your heart and life (Rev. 3:20).