Article: THE TRUE POINT OF LIFE! | Roykollaka, India
1 Timothy 6:7 “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.”
The other day I was on the phone with a friend. We did the usual catching up, how we have been, how’s the family, what are our holiday plans, etc. It was a pleasant and casual conversation. However, a few things my friend said in our long conversation stood out to me. He said: “What’s the point in living? Everything is just a joke of reality. We are all eventually going to die and be forgotten. Are we living to die?” But I answered that we can live to do something or for someone. He replied that it seemed senseless. But later, I started thinking about it, what is the true point in life?
At the funeral service of the late Queen Elizabeth, towards the end of the service, I was touched by the archbishop’s last words before the body was taken to the grave for burial. He said: “Now let us remove all symbols of power from the coffin, so that our sister, Elizabeth can be committed to the grave as a simple Christian”. Immediately, the staff of the office was removed, then the sceptre, the crown followed and all valuables were removed. The Queen was buried with NOTHING. Notice that the archbishop did not include “Queen” in her name at this point.
Benjamin Franklin said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” His words, though slightly humorous, remind us of a very real truth: One of the things we all have in common is that everyone dies. At one time or another, most people wonder what will happen when they die. Death feels frightening and mysterious, and perspectives on what happens and what it means vary significantly.
In Genesis 3:19 we see God tells Adam “For dust you are and to dust you shall return”. God’s declaration to Adam that “to dust you shall return” still rings true for every person today. James 4:14 says, “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes”. But in the midst of all that, I was encouraged to read and understand what, as a pioneer missionary C. T. Studd penned, “Only one life, it will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.”
It is that human life is fleeting. It is like grass in a desert climate that springs up in the morning but withers and dies under the afternoon sun. The Bible says, “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away”. Life is indeed vanity. It is transient, and that teaches us humility. Humility in power, humility in relating with others, humility in our acquisition of wealth, and humility in all our endeavours, because in the end, we will all go back with NOTHING.
For most people, the point of life is to try to have a happy and satisfying existence and a life that fulfils the physical, emotional, and mental necessities. But for me as a Christian, the meaning of my life is ultimately found in Jesus Christ. We are the beloved children of God, created by our heavenly Father to reflect His glory, walk in His love, and do His will in and through our lives.
We all come from dust, and we will all return back to it but what happens in between in our life matters. May we live our lives for His glory, in obedience to Him and telling others of the hope we have in Christ so that many will turn to Him before it is too late. In the end, everyone will have a full opportunity for salvation. The truth about life after death provides hope and comfort. We are created by God with a plan and purpose for our life. In Ecclesiastes 3:11 we read, “He has set eternity in the human heart”. That means there is something beyond earthly life that God has put in the human heart and that God the Creator is always in control. Before knowing Christ, ours was an empty and sinful life, but once we trust in Christ, through His work on the cross, God sets us free from the slavery to sin, saves us from eternal death, and we are given a new identity to declare the wonderful things He has done to others through our life. Life on earth is a journey of transformation to become more like Jesus, who has delivered us from evil, sin, and death until the glorious day we spend eternity with Him.