For the benefit of clarity, the word “Christ” means anointed. Thus, to speak of Jesus as the “Christ of God,” is to speak of Him as the anointed (chosen) of God. When Peter declared to Jesus and others around him that he (Peter) believes Jesus is the Christ of God, he had come to recognize what God promised through Moses, David and Isaiah was before him as he looked at Jesus. Jesus was pleased with his answer (Matthew 16:16-17). Many of us can answer similarly, but with the academic answer, does our life reflect the answer made as it did with Peter? To say, as Peter did, that Jesus is the Christ of God is to speak something that is in the heart of emotions, not just in the mind of knowledge. Without the latter the former wanders all over the place; without the former, the latter is sterile information. Perhaps you are desperately trying to have both. Many of us are trying to do the same. Stay the course, allow Jesus to be the Captain of your soul, the one you call Lord (cf. Hebrews 5:8-9; Luke 6:46). Doing so means, at the end of the day, you will arrive at your destination. RT
When Moses led the people of Israel up to the cusp of the land of promise he repeated the Lord’s exhortations to the people of Israel. Near the end of his long and important exhortation, he called upon the Israelites to make a choice between life and death (Deuteronomy 30:15). Already, by this time, the Israelites had plenty of experiences with the Lord that the choice was really an easy one. At least one would think so. In the previous chapter, in the same context of exhortation regarding the importance of remembering the Lord, Moses said that the Lord had not yet given them a heart to understand (29:4). This is a peculiar phrase, but the sense of it is like this: The Lord gave plenty of reasons and pieces of evidence to turn the heart and mind of the thoughtful Israelite toward Him. A great many of them, however, did not take this evidence to heart. This is why the writer of Hebrews speaks about the message preached, but the reception of it was not “mixed with faith” (Hebrews 4:2). A lesson learned from this is as follows. When the Lord is our life, then let us hear His word and obey His will. From this we have assurance, comfort and salvation. To the Israelites, Moses said that this was their “life and length of days” (Deuteronomy 30:20). RT
The Bible character Job was a man that had much wealth with regard to possessions and, from an earthly perspective, with regard to his family. In but a short time, however, he lost it all. He did not understand why he lost it all in the way that he did, he only knew that it was now gone. When the dust settled (so to speak), Job lamented it all, asking for what purpose was he born.
That is an interesting question to ponder for a moment or two. If one were to ask you “For what purpose were you born?” how would you answer? You may have to think on this a bit, and then when you answer, you might offer an answer (answers) with a tinge of doubt.
The meaning of life in the physical realm is not so easily discerned. There are many who seek to establish their own meaning, but since there is much difficulty finding and keeping employment, tending to one’s obligations with life and responsibility, one hardly has time to think of questions of this sort. But considering questions like this they will, especially when life has begun to reach into the retirement years.
Job desired to understand, but clarity escaped him. He did only what any of us can do; he came to rely on God in a special way that he previously failed to grasp. We, too, must rely on the Creator for such answers. We may never experience what Job experienced, but whether our experience is great or small, reliance is the key to all.
Each of us assigns ourselves a meaning; the problem with such an assignment is that we merely guess, assigning something that is of particular interest. In the end – was there (is there) any real meaning to my life? The answer is yes, and the answer is located in Matthew 22:34-40. This approach to life will certainly make a difference in the lives of other people, and by a standard that is not of this world.
In my devotional reading in Isaiah, the words of Isaiah 40:6-8 registered with me in a way that has not occurred before. I know (and knew) the words well, but there was something that caught my attention in an unusual way. The temporary nature of man is compared to grass. We have been experiencing a withering of the grass due to a lack of rain. Once it rains, however, we know the grass greens up and grows. Yet, that which grows must either be harvested or cut. The cut grass clippings fades away (“eternal death,” we might say), but the harvested life continues. We all grow old and pass away, but when it is time for me to die, the idea of a harvest is much more attractive than the idea of a mowing (cutting). RT