The Path of Life

Is there any meaning to life? Is there any real purpose behind our existence here on earth? Is there more to life than simply trying to avoid the pain that surrounds us, and stick around as long as possible without getting killed?

The Truth is, we were made to worship God! Our Creator has designed us to find our fulfilment in a loving relationship with Him. Worship is not so much a duty as it is a response to having encountered the breath-taking beauty and wonder of the Lord of Heaven and Earth. And not simply to behold Him from a distance, but to see Him seeing us; to sense Him loving us; to discover that the One who is so transcendent is also intimately acquainted with us, and knows us better than we even know ourselves.

Why is it then, if there is such a God, that life at times seems so unfair, so brutal? That He Himself seems so distant? Why do we feel such an empty ache inside, and a gnawing fear that when death finally comes, we will be so unprepared?
God actually tells us why, in His Word, the Bible. He says to us,
"Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save;
Nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you," (Isaiah 59:1-2)

Because God is holy, because He is perfectly righteous, He cannot justify sin. The mean things that we have done to each other, the cutting words, the betrayals; all of these things are against His character and against His law of love. And sin must be judged. Many people have asked with good intention why God does not remove evil from the world. The answer is that one day He actually will. But right now we are all guilty of having committed selfish, evil acts, and He would have to remove us ALL from this world! And if we were judged for those things of which we are all ashamed, we would only deserve hell. Yet God desires us to be saved.

So how can God be holy and deal with evil on the one hand, and yet spare us from the judgment we deserve, on the other? The answer is that God Himself paid the penalty for our sins. When Jesus Christ was born into this world, He was essentially God in human flesh. He lived a completely pure and sinless life, completely yielded to His Father's will. And when He hung and died upon the cross, put to death by wicked men, He was actually paying the death penalty for our sins on our behalf, taking our punishment for us. The Bible tells us that "the wages of sin is death", not only physical death, but spiritual death, separated from God, in hell forever. But it also says that "while we were yet sinners, Christ died FOR US." (Rom. 6:23, 5:8) Jesus then rose from the dead three days later to prove it was true.

So how can we be saved? How can we be reconciled to God and experience the fulness of His love for us forever? God's offer to us is this: If we will repent from our sin, and place our faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then God will count His death as the penalty for us personally, and cleanse us from all guilt for sin. Not only that, but He will fill us with His Holy Spirit and change our heart to be like His. And because our sins will no longer separate us from Him; because we will desire the things that He desires, He will then flood our life with His glory, and welcome us into His Heaven when we die.

You can know the joy and peace of a relationship with the Living God, by giving your heart to Jesus and asking Him to save you. The Bible promises that "whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Rom. 10:13) If you desire to be saved, you can pray the following prayer to receive Christ personally:

"Lord Jesus, I am sorry for my sins. I want to live for You and experience the joy of knowing You. I believe that You died for me, and that You rose from the dead. Please forgive me, and save me, and fill me with Your Holy Spirit! I receive You now as my Lord and Savior! Thank you Jesus!"

If you have prayed to receive Christ just now, please let me know so that I can rejoice with you, and help you in your new walk with Him. My email address is pj@johndesousa.com. Peace and blessings to you my friend! Thank you for your visit.

John