This is Part 2 of a series we’re doing on Heaven and the “why” of God creating people. Catch up on Part 1 here. I’m going to break this topic up into bite sized bits so neither of us drowns in words. Let’s dive in.
After my actual conversion experience at the age of eighteen, I passionately pursued God in every way I knew. I attended three weekend services. I arrived early for the pre-service prayer meetings. I spent hours at the House of Prayer on Friday nights. I went to a small group meeting every Wednesday. I only listened to worship music or classical. I never watched television or went to movies. I read my Bible and prayed every day, often listening to pre-recorded sermons on my Walkman.
I was a flurry of activity. But I was a flurry because I was panicking inside. Every spare, unoccupied minute, I felt guilty and confused about how I should be spending my time.
What does God want from me? There are so many options. So many decisions. Right this very moment, I could read a book, watch a tv show, text my friends, call a family member, clean the house, mow the yard, wash the dishes, teach my youngest son how to tie his shoes, take a break on the balcony, go for a walk, drive to the store, and on and on and on. And if read a book, which book? If a tv show, which one? There are infinite choices available at every given moment.
If I was not just born as some random occurrence or evolutionary accident, if I was created, then I was created for a purpose. There’s some reason. If I don’t know what it is, what hope do I have of fulfilling that purpose?
As Paul Marshall put it,
… in the modern world, one crippling problem we face as Christians, particularly as evangelical Christians, is that we don’t quite know why we are here. We’re not too sure what we’re supposed to be doing with our lives.
There are ten thousand blogs and another ten thousand books on how to accomplish things. But even with the glut of resources online and in the library, some questions remain unanswered.
But there’s still a problem, a massive one. If we don’t know why we are here, how can we learn how all the parts fit together?
As Paul Marshall wrote, we can’t learn how all the parts fit together if we don’t know why we’re here. It would be like opening a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle and trying to put it together without ever seeing the picture of what the finished product is supposed to look like.
You have been given a monumental gift: the gift of free will. Every moment you choose… something. And a hundred choices can lead you to one dramatic outcome, while a hundred other choices can lead you somewhere completely different. As the all-wise Spider-Man would say, With great power comes great responsibility.
I know, I know. Spider-Man is not the source you look to for most of your life tips. But still, it’s a statement that holds true.
I don’t expect you to know why you are here right now. But I hope you will ask that question out loud and mull it over as we move forward.
As we continue reading Paul Marshall’s book, Heaven is Not My Home, I’ll be asking you the question of “why” over and over. Because what you do matters. And your reason “why” opens or closes the door for which decisions and life paths you’ll consider taking.
I hope you’ll come to this series of readings and conversations with an open mind and a humble heart. I don’t have any agenda other than to insist that we each hold our own feet to the fire and demand that we keep asking what we believe and why until we settle on some firm footing.
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