Your Life can be Worth Living
THERE are many things in this life which are beautiful, clean and good. You all know some people who have found a life worth living, but it always eludes you. Really, doesn’t life so often seem not worth living? The harder you try to find meaning and purpose, the more elusive and hopeless the task seems to be.
Do you remember the childhood rhyme, “Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the King’s horses and all the King’s men, Couldn’t put Humpty together again.” Does this rhyme seem to describe how you feel about your life? After searching and failing so often to find meaning and purpose, do you feel along with Humpty Dumpty that you cannot put the pieces of your life together again?
I have good news for you, my friend. God can put your life together again and make it worth living “today”. God’s Son, Jesus Christ stated, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” John 10:10. Abundant life means life lived to the full, overflowing.
Why do we not have this exciting full life now? We were created by God to know and love Him. Our meaning and purpose in life is derived from this relationship. Yet, men, like sheep, are prone to wander away from the Shepherd of their lives. God has written in His Holy Word, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way.” Isaiah 53:6. What a price we pay for this rebellion, for without God’s involvement in our lives, there can be no meaning or purpose. Your sin has caused a serious problem between you and God. The Bible says, “Your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear.” Isaiah 59:2
There is hope. Jesus Christ stated, “The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10. Christ’s coming to earth from Heaven meant that God was going to make it possible for each of us to return to our God. Christ’s purpose in coming to earth was to give His life as a ransom for all. His death on the Cross paid God’s penalty for our sins, thus removing the sin barrier between us and God. The Prophet Isaiah states, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5.
God has fulfilled His part. Our responsibility is to respond to God’s offer of eternal life with Him. How do we respond? By turning to God in prayer, seeking His forgiveness on the basis that you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross to pay the penalty for your sins. You must invite Christ to come into your life and give Him the right to control and guide you each day. This decision can be made today by praying a prayer similar to the following: “Dear Heavenly Father. I come to You, confessing that I have sinned and broken Your laws. I am sorry for my sin, and believe that Jesus Christ came to earth to die for me and my sins and rose again from the dead that I too might have eternal life. Please forgive me. I invite You into my life, and give Jesus Christ the right to take control of the rest of my life. Please help me to be what You want me to be. I thank you for saving me and accepting me and I pray this in Jesus’ name.” Amen