Truth: the quality or state of being true, that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. These are the truths that I hold as self evident in Jesus Christ by nature of my own existence on this earth, by observation of a created being, in a created world, of which I am but a very small part.
Most of us go through life with a sense of purpose in being, I think. It can be displayed in many different forms of what we think our own purpose here in this world is to be, it can be lived day to day with or without purpose and understanding, but eventually most of us come to a time when we are searching for those answers, I hope.
It is what we find when we are searching that is important. Just because you are already a Believer doesn’t mean you are going to know exactly what God’s purpose in your life will finally be, that is up to God. When we search for meaning in life, true contentment and happiness are ultimately found in understanding we are a fallen, sinful people, in need of a savior. True happiness is found in our commitment to the Lord, and our faith (Hebrews 11:1) in knowing we will spend eternity with our Creator, not in having that certain career, or in that next consumer purchase.
We know this, yet as Believers in Christ we still ride a roller coaster of ups and downs where sometimes we are close to the Lord and sometimes far away. I often thought as a Christian if we weren’t always close to God all the time that there was something fundamentally wrong with our faith, or better yet, if our choices are different than those other Believers we know, we aren’t true Christians. She drinks, he doesn’t, he has a tattoo, they baptize with to much water, they don’t use enough.
As Believers we still search for meaning to strengthen our faith, understand our doubts, fears, and even judgments of others. This doesn’t stop just because we accepted Christ as our Savior, they could become more pronounced. Just take a brief look at Job’s life. God made us all in His image, yet each one of us is different. Each of us has different ideas, beliefs even within our own faith, and direction our life follows.
In the increasingly pluralistic world that we now live in, where people think everything and anything can be God, we have to continue to look to the one true God of creation, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, for our ultimate guidance. God is not what we make him out to be, he is not some always changing being, he is the single objective reality and truth in our ever changing world.
The world finds it hard to accept that Christ made the ultimate sacrifice for us, by dying on the cross, paying the ultimate cost for our sins, which we alone could never do, and it is up to us to live out that truth in our daily lives. Once Christ becomes the central focus of our lives, everything else, although not unimportant, is just details.
[Updated Jan 2012]