Your parents tell you who…Biology tells you what…Geography tells you where, and history tells you when, But only Jesus Christ tells you Why.
Life is series of questions. Everyday, we wake up to a new set of them. What am I having for breakfast? What am I wearing to work/school (or neither depending on where you are in life. You might currently be a couch potato, but that’s your decision)? What route shall I drive today? What am I eating for lunch? Who should I meet for dinner? What do I want to wear to dinner? There are the bigger questions in life: Where am I going to go to college? Where do I want to live? Who do I want to live with? What kind of work do I want to do? Who do I love? Who loves me? Should I get married? Should I have children? What do I do with my children? What do I want to be remembered for?
Then there are the really big questions in life…the ones I learned way back in elementary English class. The five questions my teacher repeated to me over and over again when it came to investigative writing. Of course, we weren’t exactly investigating something outrageously serious probably something for a random creative writing topic she picked but either way the five questions stuck in my mind.
Later on, in middle school some teacher added two more questions:
How often? and To what extent?
But we will just stick with the elementary school tonight.
And we will ask the five basic questions every human being asks themselves…regularly, or daily if you have a remotely functioning brain.
I have the problem of turning everything into a question which sometimes gets me in outrageous trouble, but we won’t go there this evening.
- Who are you?
Your parents generally tell you who you are. For example, I am Rikki-Lauren Wallace, daughter to Rick and Debbie Wallace. For the first 18 years of my life, I was completely under their wing, and then I became an adult and had to become who I was, but for the longest portion of my life, I was (and still to this day) am identified as their daughter. I am also a sister, regularly a friend, and occasionally a girlfriend. One day I will perhaps be someone’s wife and others’ mother. I was born in the month of June in the late 80‘s. I have brown hair that I tend to dye and hazel eyes. I’m 5’7. This is who I am. That is the general gist of who I am. And you can answer the same questions quite easily. Some people try to stretch this question out and give all kinds of radical answers. That’s fine. Have fun with your responses. I could say that i’m a writer, a cook, an artist, a dramatic. I could write you my biography, but that’s not what this post is about.
- What are you?
Easy. Biology class taught you this in high school.You are a human being. You are either male or female. I’m not going to go into 46 chromosomes, X and Y, heartbeats, brain functions, breaths. Because you know that. You aren’t a duck. You aren’t a whale. You are a human being. Easy. You were born a human, you will die a human. You weren’t born a horse. You are a human.
- Where are you?
You learned this in geography class…hopefully. I know that I am currently in the United States of America sitting in a house on the east coast. I learned that the Atlantic Ocean stretches out to the east of me and the Appalachian Mountains sitting triumphantly to the west of me. I do hope you know where you.
– When are you?
History class tells you what century you’re in. The calendar tells you what month we’re in. My watch tells me what day it is and what time it is. In time, we are forever moving forward. There is no way to freeze “when” we are, the answer to the question is going to change every single second someone asks.
- Why are you?
Yes, why are you? This is the tough question. And I think the greatest question on the planet. For this is the question that is buried within every individual’s soul. Every person has the longing to answer that burning question within them. Why am I? Everyday people wake up and go in search of the answer. They try to find it in people, they try to find it in their job, they try to find it in thrills, in adventures, in secret places around the world. The hardest question for people to answer is Why? All the other questions are easy. But rarely can someone answer the question of why they are unless they’ve had a close encounter with their creator. You see the sheer fact that we ask ourselves this question is proof that God created us with a purpose in mind. Evolutionists advocate that we spontaneously combusted and then evolved over time, but in what way can they answer the why of our existence?
Are you really satisfied with that answer? Is that enough for you? Were you created because of a random explosion? Making you just a random creature with no real purpose in this life but to aimlessly wander? That’s one theory.
Why is it that so many people struggle with emptiness then? Why do so many people strive and why do some lie around with no ambitions? Why do some drown their sorrows in one party after the other and others abstain from all social life whatsoever? Why do some people bury their lives in a career and others bury their lives in piles of housework?
Why? Is what you’re striving for in life answering that burning question in your chest of why you are? Why are you who you are, what you are, where you are, when you are. You see all the other questions could be turned into why questions. Why are you here?
The only person who has the answer to that question is Jesus Christ. We were put on this earth to bring Him glory and praise. God specially created us. He crafted our unique bodies, He gave us to our families, He placed us on earth in the 21st century, and He gifted us with a free will. He desires for us to seek Him. Our ultimate pursuit in life should be undergirded by His desires. That’s the only way to answer that question within.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them – Ephesians 2:10
God created us in His image, and as long as we are running away from Him and seeking to fill ourselves up with things of this world that void within ourselves is going to grow. The creation needs its Creator. God designed us to be in fellowship with Him, but it is up to us to turn to Him and be open for that fellowship.
Nothing on earth is ever going to answer that great question of why because we were not made for this earth. This is passing phase for us. While we are here, we are called to do the Lord’s work. That is the only way to fill and answer the why.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right Hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth. – Colossians 3: 1-2
How do you answer the why of your life? Why are you on this earth? Are you wandering meaningless through life trying to fill up on whatever pleasure comes your way? Or are you seeking God and His way and trying to live for Him?
We only get to live this short life once; this isn’t a video game that has bonus lives stored in the corner that you can select when you make an error. Game over in this life means face-to-face with your Savior. What you do now is going to affect that meeting dramatically.
The pleasures of this life are fleeting. This world will forever demand more, more, more of you. It will leave you empty, lost, and alone. It will drop you over and over again. You can chase countless goals, dreams, and ambitions, but unless God is in the center of those dreams, they will all leave your great questions unanswered.
The only way to answer Why is to turn to Jesus. He is our why.
Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject al things to himself. – Philippians 3:17-21