There is nothing sadder or more heart rendering than to watch a partisan political spokesperson, for a liberal cause, literally turn him or herself inside out to escape answering the obvious question or to avoid answering logically at all. Recently I watched a progressive spokesman stumble over this question: “Isn’t the baby in the womb a baby?” The spokesperson came back with this convoluted answer: “That is not the question. The question is does a woman have the right to control her own body? We’re for women’s rights!” The obvious is ignored for political expediency.
It doesn’t take a doctor’s degree in Obstetrics to know that the movement in a mother’s womb is in fact a living human being. However we have come to the point in our culture where the truth is not as important as exercising our political will and getting our way. This is the reality most people live by UNTIL the final moments of life. It is absolutely amazing how the B.S. and political opinions evaporate on the deathbed!
Dying is the great clarifier. Death drives us to move beyond the things of life to the purpose of life. Over and over and over again I hear these three questions at the end of life for those preparing to die
- Why was I born into this moment of time?
- What was I suppose to do with my life that has meaning?
- What happens, what comes, after I die?
Seeking the truth is largely ignored by all too many as they pursue money, power, sex, and prestige until life is coming to an end. When we run out of time we also run out of distractions and excuses. These three questions are the ultimate questions of life and God’s Word has much to say regarding the answers.
Why was I born into this moment of time? Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
This statement in the Bible clearly identifies why we were born at this time in history. In Jesus timetable you and I are in this world at this time to be his spokesmen and women. His timing is perfect and our unique gifts, talents, and family are the setting into which we were created.
What was I suppose to do with my life that has meaning? 2 Corinthians 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
This is the paramount Biblical truth that identifies what we are to be doing with our lives. Our education, our passions, and our profession are meant to be a real blessing to others and assist them with their real needs. These qualities and profession are to be the pulpit, the platform, for our purpose. What is that purpose? Our supreme reality is to be ambassadors for Jesus Christ calling people to be reconciled to God the Father. This is the message of the Gospel! Jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead for our justification. Our lives are to be his living platform calling men, women and children to faith in him and his purpose for life.
What happens, what comes, after I die? (Two key passages.) John 5:24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life.
1 John 5:11-13 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.
The message of the entire Bible is summed up in these verses. Eternal life begins the moment, the second, the instant we stop trying to be god and put our faith, our confidence, and our trust in the person of God the Son-Jesus Christ! We don’t have to guess if we have been good enough or done enough to enter heaven. By total faith in Jesus his righteousness is now our righteousness. His life is now our life. His grace and love are the power that takes us from death to eternal life.
Do you have answers to these three questions? At the end of life these are the three that will dominate your heart and mind. Therefore, never forget that you are not here by chance, you are not here for yourself, you are here as Jesus’ ambassador of the good news of reconciliation by faith in him alone!