by Rev. Sunday Bwanhot | “God said to Jeremiah that even before He formed him in his mother’s womb, he set him apart and had plans for him. Jer. 1:5, 29:11.
At age 16, I reasoned that religion was man-made ideology so people could live in peace with one another. I thought I could find the purpose for my life elsewhere and not in Christ. But I was wrong. My guess is that you have been there as well. This question is still troubling today and some of us have not honestly confronted it for several reasons. Ignorance is not an option. As writing by E. Hemingway, “Life is just a dirty trick, a short journey from nothingness to nothingness.” Is it vanity as king Solomon wrote? Are we products of random chance as some scientists want us to believe? Then where did we get order and morality and why should any person restrain himself from doing whatever he feels like doing?
Apostle Paul wrote if life has no purpose beyond this earthly existence then “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” – meaning: live as wild as you can with no consideration of any consequences. But the fact is this: God created us, and for a purpose. He said to Jeremiah that even before He formed him in his mother’s womb, he set him apart and had plans for him. Jer. 1:5, 29:11. God created us for His own pleasure – to be in fellowship with Him (Rev. 4:11 & Col. 1:16). When God is satisfied with you, your purpose for existence will be fulfilled. Nothing you attain in life will fulfill you, only God can. The implication of knowing this fact is that we must stop living as practical atheists. People who believe in God but live as if He does not exist. “Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not do what I say?” Lk 6:46
Rev. Sunday Bwanhot is EMS/SIM Missionary. He serves as Team leader of SIM Culture Connexions; Pastors of ECWA Chicago.