"Why?" That's one of the first questions we learn to ask. Why is the sky blue? Why can't I play in the street? Why is snow cold? I'm sure you can think of many others, especially if you've been around a young child for long! But even adults have "why" questions and one that we often ask ourselves centers around our life ... and life's meaning. "Why am I here?" Mark Twain once said that the most important two days in your life are the day you're
born and the day you find out why. Have you found out why yet?
In Ephesians 1:11-12, the Apostle Paul wrote: “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for . . . part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone." (The Message).
God has created everything and everyone for and with a purpose. Every plant has a purpose. Every star has a purpose. Every animal has a purpose. If your heart is beating, God has a purpose for your life. The very fact that you’re alive makes your life meaningful. If you're trying to discover the answer to the "why" of your life, you won’t find it in a self-help book or in some class that encourages you to look deep within yourself. Why? Because you didn’t make yourself. God made you.
You were made by God, and you were made for God. And God knows why. God has long-range plans for your life, plans that extend beyond the life you will live here on earth. God has a forever plan for you bigger than anything you, or I, can possibly imagine. After all, we will be spending more time on the other side of death than on this side. Eternity, after all, is a really long time.
This life is to get us started, to be a place where we decide how we want to learn to live and what our priorities will be. We've got a lot of learning to do, and this is just the beginning. So, “Why am you here?” God knows what needs to be done to get you ready for the wonderful life that will be. The answer to the "why" can only come from spending time with God in worship, in prayer, in study of God's Word, and in community with other believers. It's a long journey that's ahead of us, but we have a lot of time to work at it. And I believe it will be greater and more wonderful than anything we can possibly imagine. Why? Because God says so.