FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13
“I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
John 10:10 (ESV)
WHAT IS THE GOOD NEWS? LIFE WITH PURPOSE AND POWER
A guy named Dr. Hugh Moorhead, at Northeastern University, once wrote to 250 well-known philosophers, scientists, writers and intellectuals of the world and asked them, “What is the purpose of Life?” And then he published their responses in a book. It was quite discouraging and depressing to read. Some of them offered their best guesses. Some admitted they made up a purpose in life. Some admitted they didn’t have any idea as to what the purpose of life was and if Dr. Moorhead knew, would he please let them know. Carl Jung, the famous psychiatrist said, “I don’t know the meaning or the purpose of life, but it looks as if something were meant by it.” Isaac Asimov wrote, “As far as I can see, there is no purpose.” Joseph Taylor wrote, “I Have No Answers To The Meaning of Life And I No Longer Want to Search For Any.”
In John 10 we learn that Jesus has the power to give us life. That’s a physical life, a spiritual life and eternal life. We also learn that Jesus has the power to give us abundant life. An abundant life is a life with purpose. The Westminster Confession is summary of basic teachings of the Christian faith and about what’s most important in Christianity. In that confession they wrote, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
Our greatest purpose is to glorify God in everything we say and do. And along with that purpose God wants us to delight in everything He has created in the way also glorifies Him. If we apply the Westminster Confession to Christmas, the main purpose of Christmas is to glorify God and to enjoy the blessings that He has provided. Take a few minutes and think about the goal of Christmas in your life this year. Maybe write down what you want the goal of this Christmas season to be and ways you can achieve that goal.