What Does it Mean to be a Christian?
Most people live their entire lives without ever knowing "WHY?" They exist year after year with no idea of why they live or God's purpose for their lives. The most basic question a person can ask is, "What is the meaning of life?"
Everyone wants to be happy. People try many ways:
- Some look for happiness by acquiring possessions.
- Some look for happiness by experiencing pleasure.
- Some look for happiness by gaining prestige & power.
But real happiness comes from understanding my PURPOSE IN LIFE.
I. WHY AM I HERE?
1. God Made Me to LOVE Me!
The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. Jeremiah 31:3 (NKJV)
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. Ephesians 1:4-5 (NKJV)
2. We Were Created To ENJOY A Personal Relationship With God And To All Of The Rest Of God's Creation! This Makes Us Special!
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28 (NKJV)
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17 (NKJV)
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (NKJV)
When We Know And Love GOD, And Live In Harmony With His Purpose For Our Lives, It Produces Tremendous Benefits In Our Lives:
Life & Peace
Help with Weakness
Power & Strength
What's The Problem?
Man has a natural desire to BE THE BOSS and to ignore God's principles for living. "Look out for #1. Do your own thing."
"If it feels good, do it - regardless of what God says about it."
"It's my life and I'll do what I please!"
The Bible Calls the Attitude: SIN .
All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:6 (NKJV)
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
1 John 1:8 (NKJV)
Sin breaks our close relationship with God. It causes us to fear God and try to love our lives outside of His will.
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.
Isaiah 59:2 (NKJV)
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 3:23 (NKJV)
When our relationship to God is not right, it causes PROBLEMS in every area of our lives - marriage, career, relationships, finances, etc. When People Have Problems, They Often Try Many Different Ways Of Coping Before Turning To God.
There is a way that seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death.
Proverbs 16:25 (NKJV)
Even when we know that our deepest need is God, we often try wrong ways of getting to know Him:
- "My mother was a Christian so..."
- "It doesn't matter what you believe, just be sincere."
- "I'll give up all my bad habits."
- "I'll work real hard and earn it."
- "I'll be religious and go to church."
III. What's The Solution
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
John 14:6 (NKJV)
God Himself came to earth as a human being to bring us back to Himself. If any other way would have worked, Jesus Christy would not have had to come. The Way is a Person!
Jesus Christ Has Already Taken Care of Our Sin Problem!
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 (NKJV)
God did this for us because He loves us and wants us to know Him.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,
1 Timothy 2:5 (NKJV)