Why am I here?
Have you ever asked yourself that question? Why did God make mankind? Why are we here? Have you considered lately that God has always existed and there has never been a time when He hasn’t existed? Can you grasp that? Remember, no one created God. He doesn’t have a mother or a father. He has always existed. He’s God. He’s all-mighty, all-knowing and exists everywhere (omnipresent).
But, why did He create us? Why does He need us?
God is a relational God. He exists in a family. The Father, Son and Spirit. He is three, yet one. Hard to grasp, I know. It is for me. Yet…He desires to give love in a relational way, because God is love. The Bible teaches this.
He is love. And in that love He gives us a choice to love Him back. Even the angels got to make a choice. Lucifer had a decision to make in heaven whether or not he would worship God. And he decided he would not. He said I will not worship God (Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 will give you the details). Yet…God gave Lucifer the boot. He was kicked out of heaven to earth. Yet, Satan is so deceitful that he tricked and convinced 1/3 of the angels to go with him to earth. Can you imagine? Leaving the presence of God to go with Satan to earth. What a deceiver Satan is. Oh, what a “master” of deceit!
Yet, we (mankind) have a choice too. God created Adam and Eve for His own pleasure (more on that in a minute). Yet, He gave them a choice as to whether or not they would serve and obey Him at the foot of a tree in a perfect paradise. They decided not to obey. And so, God came in the form of His Son to pay for our sin (our wrong choice…which is basically to choose ourselves).
But, what about us? Do we choose to serve Him? If so, why do we serve Him? Is life about food, clothes, money, houses, education, sports, cars, marriage, 401-k’s? No…it’s about God.
Ok…I know some of the things that we’re trying to understand here are somewhat “deep.” But, we need to be able to grasp and understand life. We need to understand why God created the heavens and the earth and ultimately, us. And I love to try to grasp these things. Why? Because understanding these concepts gives us purpose and meaning.
Peter says we need to be able to give a reason for the hope that is in us. We need to be prepared to make a defense for what we believe and ultimately why we exist.
1 Peter 3:15
15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.
So, this is why we try to understand our purpose as humans…our reason for existing. Again, it’s not about us or our pleasure. But, we are so immersed into an “it’s all about me” culture, that we can’t see beyond ourselves.
So, let’s go back to the beginning. We’ve got to understand the beginning…
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
It has often been said, “If you can accept and believe the first four words of the Bible, you’ve got the rest.” I agree with that statement. After all, the Psalmist in Psalm 14:1-3, when he said:
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds,
there is none who does good.
2 The Lord looks down from heaven on the children of man,
to see if there are any who understand,
who seek after God.
3 They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt;
there is none who does good,
not even one.
The Lord is looking down from heaven and sees us. Did you catch that in verse 2 above? He sees you right now. He wants us to seek Him and to understand Him. Jeremiah tells us that God will be found if we seek Him.
12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, declares the Lord…
Get it? He will be found when we seek Him with all our hearts.
So, let’s summarize for a quick second…God created us and put us here and He will be found if we seek Him. Do you believe this? We better! And it simply takes faith…
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Do you believe He exists? I do. It’s that simple. I choose to believe…yet…do you know where the faith comes from? It comes from hearing a word about Jesus Christ. Faith comes from God. Romans 10:17 tells us so:
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
Confused yet? I hope not. The Apostle John saw Jesus and this is what he said about Jesus…
1 John 1-4
1 We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. 2 This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy. (NLT)
John says, “We’ve seen Him!” John says, “He is the life!” So, life is Jesus Christ. That’s why He can say in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the LIFE…” Jesus is life. There is no life apart from Him. You can’t have life through sex, drugs, alcohol, money, success, fame, possessions. You name it…it’s all counterfeit. We are here because He is here!
Jesus is the life and one day He will be totally revealed to the World. The book of the Revelation teaches us so…
Revelation 1:1, 7-8
1 The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things that must soon take place.
7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
You see…He is the beginning and the end. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He is and was and is to come… Get it? It’s real simple.
…and IS TO COME…
He’s everything! And one day, we will…
…fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”
So, why am I here? For Jesus. Because ALL things were created by Him and for Him and we exist for Him.
So, to the degree that we find our “life” in Him, is to the degree that we will truly “live.” Unfortunately, most people have never lived and sadly, I’m convinced most Christians have never lived. Why? Because we haven’t found our lives in Him.
I’m 43 years old and I can tell you that there is no life apart from Christ. Whatever you choose to do in your life, if it’s not geared with Christ at the top…you will not truly live. You’ll be living a counterfeit of what you could have. Jesus is the Life!
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