We’ve all heard the question… Some having asked us personally, or us actually having asked the question. Many people have many opinions, no doubt, however I’ve learned to very confidently be able to trust the Lord and His Holy Word.
On any scale of wondering, I always answer all questions by first asking the question, “What does the Word say?” Many people give their opinions in many circumstances very sincerely and genuine, but unfortunately, not very many people go straight to scripture. They instead go right to “what makes sense to them” to very sincerely justify their belief system or world view. Maybe the meaning of life is to fall in love? Have children? Climb the financial and social ladders? Well, did you know that the scripture is quite clear in answering this never ending question? Honestly I didn’t always, but when I came across it, it jumped right off the page to me as I hope it does you. To the age-old question! Simple question, simple answer:
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13 (KJV)
Sounds like too simple of an answer, right? Well, on the surface yes, but when you peal the layers of the 2nd “duty of man” that being “keep His commandments,” you’ll see it get much more broad as you search connecting scriptures. And how in the world can you “keep His commandments” you might ask? Well, you’ll see the first step into “keeping God’s commandments” is to love Him.
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” -John 14:15
Without sincere, true love & intimacy with God, let’s face it: The reality is You won’t actually care much about pleasing Him. It is a tough “pill to swallow” for most that live like the world, while claiming faith in God, but His word can’t get any clearer. Example: My wife I truly love with all my heart. That means I’m genuinely concerned about how she sees me, her over-all well being, her feelings toward me, etc. Simply put: I invest into VERY deeply what I love the upmost.
Now the second step to “keeping His commandments” is understanding the greatest of them all:
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang ALL the law and the prophets.’” -Matthew 22:36-40 (KJV)
What’s interesting to note is that even the 2nd step falls right back to love. This time broadening the requirements of our “love recipients” to BOTH God AND our neighbors. Now you might say, “Well, I can love God, but my neighbors!? (All mankind)” Well remember this:
“If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” -1 John 4:20-21 (KJV)
Think about it like this: Remember something my dad always told me growing up, “Son, you’ll always do what’s important to you.“
So the first question we have to ask ourselves on answering “The Meaning of Life” question (now defined) is, “How BIG is our love for Him and others?” Second, “Are we fearing the Lord as we should?” (Matthew 10:28) Thirdly, have we prioritized God and others above ourselves? If not, today is a good day for us to get it right with God. Pray to the Lord, and ask him to give you His love. And how can we love Him?
“We love him, because he first loved us.” -1 John 4:19 (KJV)
It’s His empowerment that enables us to love like He loved, and live like He lived! Dear friends, THAT IS THE MEANING OF LIFE!