In our human culture, people pursue many things, thinking that in them they will find meaning. Some of these pursuits include power, possessions, positions, business success, wealth, good relationships, entertainment, and doing good to others. Most people have testified that while they achieved their goals of wealth, relationships, and pleasure, there was still a deep void inside, a feeling of emptiness that nothing seemed to fill.
Life lived as though all there is to life is what we can see with our eyes and experience with our senses is meaningless……! It is meaningless and void because God created us for something beyond what we can experience in the here-and-now. Why is this so?. God created mankind in His image (Genesis 1:26). This means that we are more like God than we are like anything else. We also find that before mankind fell into sin and the curse of sin came upon the earth, the following things were true:
God made man a social creature (Genesis 2:18-25), He gave man work (Genesis 2:15), God had fellowship with man (Genesis 3:8) and He gave man dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26).
The significance of these things is that God intended for each of these to add to our fulfillment in life, but all of these were adversely affected by man’s fall into sin and the resulting curse upon the earth.
To go through life achieving everything only to die separated from God for eternity would be futile! But God has made a way to not only make eternal happiness possible- Luke 23:43, but also life on earth satisfying and meaningful.
God reveals that He will destroy this present earth and heavens and usher in the eternal state by creating a new heaven and a new earth. At that time, He will restore full fellowship with redeemed mankind, while the unredeemed will have been judged unworthy and cast into the lake of fire -Revelation 20:11-15.
Real meaning in life, both now and in eternity, is found in the restoration of the relationship with God that was lost with Adam and Eve’s fall into sin. That relationship with God is only possible through His Son, Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; John 1:12; 14:6). Eternal life is gained when we repent of our sins and Christ changes us into new creations, and we rely on Jesus Christ as Savior. It is when one begins to follow Christ as His disciple, learning of Him, spending time with Him in His Word, communing with Him in prayer, and in walking with Him in obedience to His commands.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10b). “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it” (Matthew 16:24-25). “Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
We can continue to seek to guide our own lives, which results in emptiness, or we can choose to pursue God and His will for our lives with a whole heart, which will result in living life to the full, having the desires of our hearts met, and finding contentment and satisfaction. This is so because our Creator loves us and desires the best for us .
Choose to live a meaningful life now and forever