This morning, for grins and giggles, I poked the meaning of life in my search engine and it told me there were about 113,000,000 results. Wow! That seems like a whole lot of things to take into account. I really don’t think, even if I live to be in my 90s as my grandparents did, I would have time to consider each one of those meanings.
Of course I’m being facetious. As far as I know or am concerned, there is one meaning of life:
To know God, to love God, to serve God in this life
so I can be with Him forever in the next.
Pretty simple, no? Not always. We’re human, with this desire for things to be fair. I’ll do my share and you’ll do yours. We keep score. We take names. We don’t want to go out of our way, at least not too much so, for someone else. We want to be accommodated.
K at All You Who Hope wrote a few weeks back that she was having issues dealing with anger. In her latest post she credited some great advice from Pray Hope Don’t Worry that was helping her immensely: each day she starts out with the belief that everything is her job as it applies to keeping up her home.
What a great attitude! She is there to serve. How do we serve God in this life? By serving others, of course.
In the gospel of Mathew (25:31-40) we read:
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’
Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’
And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’
So, if I truly want to serve God in this life, I need to look for Him right where I am - in my own home, work place, and community. I need to see the face of Christ where ever I look.