The Purpose Of Life
I used to think the main purpose of life was to be rich, happy and successful.
But I found out I was wrong – dead WRONG!
I discovered that when I read this Bible statement, “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.” (Proverbs 11:4)
In other words, we could have all the riches, happiness and success in the world but that isn’t going to help us escape the wrath of God that will be revealed on the Day of Judgment. I bet millions of untold ones around the world take too long–as long as their death–to find out the Bible was right.
What’s more, our souls could be required (and our precious lives be taken away from us) at any time. And we will end up losing those pleasurable achievements we so foolishly hold on to. It’s like the rich man who was planning an abundant future for himself. He wanted to “Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry. But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very very night your life will be demanded from you.’
After all, why should we ignore the global deaths dilemma if there are 150,000 people who die each day around the world?
Of course, what this really comes down to is belief.
A discerning and wise biblical statesman I tried to pattern my life after, named Joseph, once predicted that the land of Egypt would suffer a severe famine that would last seven years. And he advised Pharaoh and his servants to store up the produce of the land during the time of plenty. So, Egypt’s deliverance depended upon whether they believed him or not. Had they not believed Joseph, they would not have reserved the food for the future, and the land may have perished during the seven years of famine.
In the same way, our eternal deliverance depends upon our beliefs. Beliefs are SO important.
Do we believe there is a God?
Do we believe there is a coming Judgment Day – a day when God will judge the world in righteousness?
Are we afraid of what He will do to sin-loving sinners like us on the day of His wrath?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, we shall repent of our sins and turn away from them. We shall lay our lives at the foot of the cross where God has made provision for us to be forgiven and made righteous in Christ so that we can escape damnation and hell – and we shall do it TODAY.
If, on the other hand, we do not believe any of these statements, we will do nothing about it. We will not trust in the righteousness of Christ for the coming Judgment Day. We will try to fool ourselves by building a life of riches, happiness and success – and overlooking the fact that we are all going to die. Look, we don’t have to accept it. But the most important moment of our life is going to be our death. It’s an appointment each one of us will have to keep. It’s the ultimate appointment.
The wisest man who ever walked on the face of the earth once said, “what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?”
Friend, heed to his wise words – and don’t take as long as millions of untold ones around the world did to find out he was right.