A lot of people have asked me to tackle “the meaning of life”. Well to be honest with you…I don’t like talking about it. Mostly because every Christian has the same answer, “LIFE IS ABOUT JESUS”. Well…it’s true, but here’s my thoughts on this concept.
I used to believe the meaning of life is always about being happy. If I could just get a little bit more money, I’ll be happy. If I could just have that rad job, I’d be happy. If I could just have that one thing, I’d be happy. If I could just love that one person, I’d be happy.
I was once a slave to the idea that I could make myself happy. Although this is true, I can in fact make myself happy, but I can’t make myself eternally happy. Drugs, alcohol, porn, sex, fame, money, all of that is meaningless. You can build yourself up, but in the end you’ll just keep wanting more. It’s a never-ending cycle. We want and want and want, but never achieve a lifelong happiness.
So then I started to act like a good person. Maybe if I’m nice people will like me, and it’ll make me feel good inside. I slowly realized that nice people aren’t always the most reputable. You can be the nicest person around and someone will still not like you. Even Solomon, the wisest man to ever live (other than Jesus) said in Ecclesiastes 8:14 that good people get what bad people deserve, and bad people get what good people deserve, so trying to be good is worthless. My good deeds only lasted so long until I realized it wasn’t enough.
So…here it is…the typical Christian answer.
Life isn’t all about me. It’s all about Jesus.
Life is not about being happy. It’s about God. Focusing on Him brings meaning to our lives. The love of Jesus is like a vast ocean. His waves come crashing into us. Sometimes it hits us harder than usual…but his waves are never ending. They’re always coming back to hit you in the face.
God sent His son to do die in our place. We deserve death for all of the times that we’ve messed up. Not just the big mess ups, but the little one’s too. Jesus was murdered to show us God, to show us love, to show us grace.
“The beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair.” That’s a quote from Reliant K. The truth inside that one line is amazing. Grace makes life unfair because grace is unfair. We don’t deserve it. We are the screw ups, not Jesus. Yet He still died for us because He loves us.
The things of this Earth doesn’t define you. Your life doesn’t have to be about the labels that your peers have given you. Our identity isn’t found in cars, houses, money, sex, music, philosophies, lifestyles, or fame. Our identity is found in the gospel. Our identity is found in Jesus.
Life makes more sense when we don’t make it about ourselves.
So then let’s dive deeper into a new question. Something that I’ve been thinking about. We know the meaning of life, but what is our purpose in life? If the meaning in life is all about Jesus, then what is our purpose on Earth?
The purpose in life is serving God by the best of our abilities.
So, without a doubt, God has given a purpose for every one of us. We all have different talents that brings joy to our lives. Not everyone can be a pastor, teacher, missionary, evangelist, worker, musician, or leader. God has built us all differently.
If you focus on God then you’ll find your purpose in this life. For me personally, I find joy in communicating Jesus to people. I love preaching. Some will say it’s because I like the attention, but it’s not. I truly and genuinely love talking about Jesus in front of people. There is a little bit of skill that’s involved. If you aren’t good at something, then maybe it’s not your purpose. I know God hasn’t called me to engineering because I suck with power tools. Actually power tools hate me…but that’s another story for another blog. Sometimes God calls people to do things they aren’t good at, I mean look at Moses. He said he sucked at speaking, yet he still stood in front of Pharaoh and demanded that his people’s freedom. So if you’re one of those crazy stories, hats off to you my friend! Email me I wanna hear about it!
So what are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? Well whatever it is, do it for Jesus. Like really…do it for Jesus.
Do what you love most for God. It’ll make life much happier than doing it for yourself. This life is all about Him and our purpose is to serve Him. Serve Him with everything you have.
You can take my stuff. You can take my house. You can take what I love. You can even take my life. But you cannot take Jesus away from me.
So go on dudes. Love Jesus, because He first loved you, and He’s never leaving you. Do what you love to do, and do it for God. Love you dudes, but more importantly, Jesus loves you dudes. I know I write this a lot, but please get connected by following our twitter @NotoftheNorm or email and talk to us at NotoftheNorm.email@example.com. I’d love to hear from all of you! Let’s have a real and genuine conversation and become friends.