Have you ever asked that question? (Particularly as young people, we may not think about this much. Well, at least I can see that from my own experience!) However, the question is most important, and the answer is crucial.
Let's see what the Bible Says.
What does it mean to be a Christian? According to Webster's Dictionary a Christian is "A real disciple of Christ" or "A believer in the religion of Christ."
What or who is the example for Christians? Well, of course! It is Christ. Jesus Christ is the great example for all Christians.
Now, Jesus says something profound in John 20:21.
"Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." - John 20:21
As Jesus was sent into this would, so He sends us. Therefore, the reason Jesus lived, should be the reason Christians live. The purpose Jesus had should be the purpose of every Christian. Otherwise, how can we call ourselves a Christian if we disregard the example of the very one we profess to follow?
The question then remains, why did Jesus live? What was the motivation behind His life?
"For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." - John 6:38
Why did Jesus come down from heaven to earth? Just to do whatever He wanted to do? No! He came to do the will of God. That was His purpose, His mission. And what was the will of His Father?
"And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life" - John 6:40
Can you imagine the pain and separation that sin has caused God? His dearest creation torn from Him by the deceitfulness of a fallen angel and the choice of Adam and Eve! The bond of love that existed between God and man forced apart because of sin. Can't we see that the desire of God, the great will of the Father in Heaven is to be re-united with His children? The will of God is to save people!
Jesus didn't come to seek His own pleasure. He did nothing out of selfish reasons. Jesus came to do only the will of His Father in heaven. Are we Christians? We are not truly, unless we imitate the example, unless the purpose in Christ's life becomes the purpose for our life.
"Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many." - Matthew 20:28
Jesus came, not that men would praise, flatter, honour or exalt him, no! What is one word that sums up the reason why Jesus came?
To GIVE! The Son of man came to give! Not to gain. No, Jesus gave everything He had until finally He gave the very breath of His life to die for us!
So, dear reader, why do you live?
- by Emmanuel Higgins