What am I living for?

What would you be willing to die for? Family, faith, or freedom? The deeper question is not what we would die for, however...it is what we are living for!


Jesus gave His followers some exciting instructions, just before He ascended into heaven. He told them that they should go into every nation of the world and make disciples...baptizing them and teaching them to obey all that Jesus had taught. He told his disciples that they would be witnesses in their hometown, their surrounding community, and even to foreign nations! (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 1:8)


Paul explained: "It is because we know this solemn fear of the Lord that we work so hard to persuade others...Whatever we do, it is because Christ's love controls us...And God has given us the task of reconciling people to him...This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ's ambassadors." (2 Cor. 5:11-20 NLT)


God alone can change hearts, families, and nations. We have been called to represent Him as heavenly ambassadors...to announce the Good News of His power and salvation to the world! We can make a difference that will last forever! That is a cause worth living for!


Question : What cause I am living for?

3 comments:

David said...

Okay, so here is a question then. What if you get to a certain point in your life and your stop and realize you have no idea what you are living for? That everything you've done before you was wasted time, and that you don't know what to do with the experiences that you've had in the past? What if you feel that all you are doing is just sitting here waiting for your time to die because there is no feeling that continuity with your life is needed because there doesn't seem to be a point to go through the motions that people go through. You can try to make your life worthwhile, but always come back to the same point: Why did I get out of bed? Why did I go through any type of suffering like a normal human being goes through on a daily basis. What did I really achieve in helping out that old man across the street or any other aid if we all end up the same way down the end of the road anyway? So what is the point of living if I was put here to die eventually? Will it matter what I achieve in the short lifespan that I have or will I just be another human lost in history like many other billions that don't have a story that was fascinating enough to record?

Dan said...

To me, David, the whole message of Christianity is that your life does matter - it is significant - and God is recording your story.
Some people fear judgment day (rightly so, I suppose), but to tell you the truth, I'm grateful for it. Judgment day is assurance that my life counts for something - that one day the good (or bad) I do will be noticed, and I'll be rewarded accordingly.
The author of the Bible book "Ecclesiastes" had some of the same feelings you are sharing here. You'd probably find that book fascinating, particularly the author's conclusions.
You can find it here: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ecclesiastes%201%20;&version=51;
Also, you can scroll up to the categories of AbsoluteTruth.Net and look over the rest of the "Life's Purpose" articles that are posted.

David said...

Dan,
I thank you for responding to my questions and the add for the Bible book. It helped clear up a bit of the reading from the old book that I do have and made it more understanding. It pretty much presented the same questions that I have been dealing with lately. It kind of added a few more after reading the book though that maybe you could help out with out maybe just give your opinion on.
What kind of got me was in Chapter 6 of the Ecclesiastes under the "The Future—Determined and Unknown"
10 Everything has already been decided. It was known long ago what each person would be. So there’s no use arguing with God about your destiny.
(Sorry if I didn't quote this thing right, I remember the right way of doing it.)
Anyway, If we each have a destiny in this world then how are we to know what we are to do in this world? Or does that destiny deal with every step we take in the every day cycle of life? So when I pass someone by and say hello or say nothing could that have been part of my destiny or is it the job that I will come into down the road where most of my work will come from?
The next chapter over under "The Limits of Human Wisdom" the author says not to be too good or too wise, but don't be a fool and be too evil either. I know there's no way I can be too good in this world, but I don't quite understand the text of this. Is it as simple as it reads just the fact that nobody is free from sin? If so then I understand that, but I didn't know if there was any other meaning to the context?
What you wrote about judgement day about those who fear it and those who don't, in a way I fear it only because I know I have done some bad things even though I have asked forgiveness for those things, but I still worry that some of those things will haunt me no matter what happens. As things have gone the past few years I think I have just become more tired and I don't think I fear it as much any more, but is that a bad thing though? I don't want to be someone who is careless but at the same time viewing everything around me is just kind of having no effect any more. I still do my work but not with the life that I might have shown years ago. I just kind of want to walk away from it all the only problem with that is I can't just stop living.
I have yet to read the other posts on absolute truth, it takes me some time to get to all these things, but I will read them today when I get some more time and think on what is in those postings.
Thanks,
David

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