“Why?” 10-30-16

Ecclesiastes 1:2
“Perfectly pointless, says the Teacher, perfectly pointless. Everything is pointless.”

Why? That question begins at about age 3. Why? All you have to do is find yourself in the presence of a 3 or 4 year old child and there is a time when you begin to hear all the time, why? Why this and why that and you try to tell them why and all too often you just answer, “just because.” If you think about it, we never stop asking why. As we get older, deep in our mind we ask why about life. What’s the use? Why am I here? Why am I doing this or anything? The answer to “why” defines our goals or our vision in life. Without us defining our “why” we are aimless in life. We may then really find that life is really pointless, it has a wandering purpose, we simply live each day pursuing this thing or that thing.

Consider a classic example from the Bible of a man that was incredibly blessed by God who pursued goals much like what we have in the world today and if we really look at much of our life, very well might be just like our goals. This man went after and possessed wealth, this man possessed the best house he could get. This man possessed power. This man possessed quite a harem. This man possessed good health. This man possessed wisdom.

Of course you know him, Solomon. Except for the harem, who wouldn’t want all that? Who wouldn’t want to have all that? It seems as if he was living the Isrealite dream, and frankly that is no different than the American dream and I am guessing that if your honest and in light of how you live your life, this could be very close to your dream. But when he considered the question of “why”, he figured out at the end of his life that in light of how he had lived, “everything is pointless.” What a sad way to be at the end of life. Is that where you want to be? Is that where you are now? Today is the time to answer “why” in your life, this is the time to understand why you are here on this earth, and when you get why you are here, your life can have purpose, meaning, and vision.

Colossians 1:16
“For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, ….everything got started in him and finds it’s purpose in him.” (The Message) You know Paul meant that God was Him.

We need to understand something, when we ask “why” it should not be about us, ourselves. It isn’t about what I want to be or do in my life. It isn’t about what are MY goals, my ambitions, my dreams, my future. It is not about me, what do I want. If your life lived now displays those goals then you have replaced God with the God of yourself and sooner or later you will wake up and think, everything is pointless.

Today, understand that the answer to the “why” of your life that God created you, he knew you before you were born, and you are here for one big reason: You are here to be used by him, to serve him, to follow his will, to truly be his vessel, to live a life that is really about the prayer we pray each week: thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. That is “why” you are here and why God has given you this day. Is that the why that you are living?

Are you living for you or for God? When you surrendered to God, when you became justified by His free gift of grace when His Son died on the cross, have you used that gift since then to use God for yourself? If you use God for yourself, your motives, your non God goals, then I am afraid that you might be the one that Jesus spoke of when he said: “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and don’t do what I say.” Luke 6:46 People with a focus on themselves have forgotten Jesus’ words from Matthew 16:25, “All who want to save their lives will lose them. But all who love their lives because of me will find them.”

What you focus on in your life answers the question of why you are living and all to often you focus on you, on your survival, on what is good for you. If you want to consider what you are living for, consider what you pray for. Are your prayers mostly 911 calls or a list of your needs and wants? Or is your prayer life filled with worship and adoration of God as well as a cry for others and their needs? What do you ask God for?

God is the source of life and in Him you will find why you exist. There is one foundational thing which must exist in your life and without this you are frankly kidding yourself. You find the answer to “why” only if you have a real, living, ongoing relationship with God. This is found in constant prayer, consistent immersion, not just on Sunday, but immersion in studying his word as well as most importantly applying his word in your life. Tuesday Luke. Walking the walk, not just talking and studying the words.

You won’t understand God’s “why” you are here unless you worship Him and that’s not just on Sunday, it is to be every day. If you came here today for you, for what “you” get out of church, your God is yourself. Again, let me stress, you are here solely for the His purpose and use and to literally and really live by the words of our prayer, “Thy will be done.” When we live by the words “Thy will be done” we can begin to understand the benefits of understanding why we are here.

1. “Thy will be done” supplies the meaning in our life.
Without having meaning in life, we feel hopeless and when we feel hopeless, we to feel we have no value, no significance and then we are truly in pain. Nothing is more devastating than to think we have no hope. When we understand we are here for God’s use and will, we can bear almost anything and yet still have hope. Hope helps us cope. In the darkest hour, when we have faith in God’s eternal promise, we have hope, we have meaning.

Jeremiah 29:11
“I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.” That’s why you are here.

2. “Thy will be done” simplifies your life.
By understanding that you are here solely for the Lord and to do God’s will, life becomes a lot more simple. As you go through choices each day your question about why to do something is answered by asking God if that choice is within the will of God. Simple. If you’re chasing your goals and desires, then life isn’t so simple.

Chasing your will causes stress, conflict. Chasing your desires of say money, power, any personal gain makes life complex and tiring. Being what others want you to be and trying to follow their will only wear you out too. Being what the world desires you to be will cause you to be tired all the time and frankly you are then probably doing more than God wants you to do.

3. “Thy will be done” focuses your life.
This keeps your time, effort, and energy focused on one important thing and it will eliminate distractions, both major and minor. Without focus you will always think that a change of scenery will fix it. If you are often thinking that: I need a different job, I need a different relationship, I need more money, I need a different church, I need a different pastor, ….you’re wanting to fill your emptiness in your heart with possibly something which isn’t in line with God’s will. You’re thinking that it’s all about you.

Stop trying to do it all. Stop doing everything you think the world demands that you do. Stop thinking activity is productivity. Do the one thing that matters….follow the will of God where you are right now.

4. “Thy will be done” keeps you grounded and eternity minded.
Thy will be done removes this intense desire to be pridefully known here. Following God’s will should remove our intense desire for enough money for retirement or a nice big estate for our survivors. Living for earthly accomplishment is simply shortsighted. You were put here to prepare for eternity.

Romans 14:10,12
“We all will stand in front of the judgment seat of God. So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.”

Who wants to stand before God and all we have to show is how great we were in terms of worldly things while knowing we let the poor pass by us. Who wants to stand there and know deep in our heart that we lived our life not losing our life in this world for Him?

I think God will ask us two very important questions:
1. What did you do with my Son Jesus?
This is more than just surrender, just an alter call, just an acknowledgement of Jesus. This is about did you love like Jesus. Did you really love Jesus and does it show when you love others as you love yourself? Did you have an ongoing relationship with Jesus? Did you trust Jesus?

2. What did you do with what I gave you?
I think he might say “you have often prayed thy will be dome” so what have you done in light of my will. I have given you gifts, talents, opportunities, energy, relationships, yes all kinds of resources and what have you done for me, God? Has your life been mostly about you and have you given your leftovers to me? God may ask all that.

So in the end, when we are like Charlie Brown and wonder “why”, God doesn’t give the classic answer that we often give others, you know, “just because” or “because I said so.” The answer to our “why” is to serve Him, to follow His will, and God gives us the promise that our life will have purpose and not be pointless and I don’t know about you but that gives me hope and a reason for living especially when I feel like the world is closing in or caving in on me.

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