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Meaning of life!
What is the purpose of life? Man eats to live; he lives to work; he works to eat; he eats to live; and so it goes on - until he dies! Is that all life is about?
Surely the best person to answer this for us would be the one who started it all; our Creator God.
Listen to what Jesus said: "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions."
Then He told this parable, "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop… He thought, `I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, "Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."'
This man thought the meaning of life was just to be able to eat, drink and be merry! "But God said to him, `You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?'
His dreams of ease and riches had been like beautiful empty bubbles that were about to burst! He had missed finding the whole purpose and value of life, and had nothing of any value for eternity!
He had been like a child who found a strange object but did not know what it was. After trying to float it in his bath, and trying several other things with it he got some fun out of bouncing it around.. If only he had read the maker's advice on it he would have known how to make use of this very useful and wonderful gadget; but all he had succeeded in doing was destroying it!
Don't you be doing something like that with the life God has given you! God, our Maker,
is the great expert on our lives. You can find out from Him in His Word, the Holy Bible, why He made you and me. How sad it must be for Him to see the lives He created being wasted and destroyed because of mankind's selfish and foolish behaviour. Lives that were designed to be so useful and glorious wrecked and ruined by sin!
God loves you and He has made it possible for you to still get the best out of your life.
"This is how God showed his love ..: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him." "God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." He "gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good."
Remember! The sinful pleasures and attractions of this life are like a bubble that will burst and leave you with nothing for eternity - nothing except judgement from God!
Trust in Jesus now to forgive YOUR sins and to make and keep your life pleasing to God your Maker. You will not only have found the true meaning for life, you will also be sure of eternal life and joys Heaven with God!
Read Jesus' warning in Luke chapter 12, verses 13-21 to those who miss the true meaning for life.
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Bye for now,
John Nixon, Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.
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Bible quotations from N.I.V.
1 Ecclesiastes 12:1, 12-14. 2 Luke 12:15. 3 Luke 12:16-19. 4 Luke 12:20. 5 Colossians 1:15-20. Psalm 139:13-16. 6 Genesis 6:5-6. 7 John 10:9-11. 8 1st John 4:9. Romans 5:8 Titus 2:14. 9 Revelation 21:27.