Life can sometimes feel like an endless cycle, from birth until death. Time is never slowed and days turn into weeks, weeks; months and then years. Season after season, it’s the same. Civilization is not left out, it is birthed in synchrony with all of these and we’re forced to blend in with a time that’s never halting, each waking moment that we’re able. It’s a crazy cycle I tell you. This is why curious men across generations devote themselves to structuring questions and finding answers to all of these (Life as we know it), through the medium of the arts and sciences. Some answers; are accurate. Others, barely befitting.
Some of the questions we dare to ask are; Who am I? What is Life? Why am I here? And is there a Creator somewhere? I believe some of these questions may have been answered in some of our previous publications, so it could be wise to check them out if further clarity is what you seek.
However, we understand from scriptures that God is the creator of all things; Living and not. (See Isaiah 40: 28 and Genesis 1 & 2 – the creation account). We also understand that there is no life outside of Jesus Christ (God’s beloved son sent down to us to give us life and save us from an impending doom of Gods wrath). In John 14: 6, Jesus makes us understand that he is the way, the truth and the LIFE. All that we are, have and do account for nothing according to God’s eternal standards.
We all try to live each day as it comes, trying to survive until the day that we finally die. Quite a number of us are driven with greater ambition, working towards leaving footprints in history books and dropping a little something for their generation before they shut the doors. In whatever Walk we tow, we are all brought to one very question: What’s the essence of it all?
Growing up a very inquisitive and ambitious little girl, I got concerned early with questions a lot would think to ask later on in life. For example; I had begun to tow my career path from primary two, after which I spent a large portion of my earlier years in the university trying to figure out my life’s very essence. Purpose, a lot of people would call it. The dream was to become a very influential young female Doctor and climb the ladder of power and importance, have the perfect husband with whom I could pass off as a power couple and along the line, birth the best kids that would grow to be seen as prototypes. So you see, I was the regular little girl (peep the sarcasm).
Growing up having this kind of mindset, I would oftentimes mount this unrealistic internal pressure on myself and demand exceptionality at all times. I know there might be someone else out there reading this who just like me, is bottled up with an intense drive and mounts unhealthy pressure on themselves to deliver. I can assure you that you are not reading this by accident. It wasn’t till I had begun to seek God intentionally that I began to ponder in the right direction and ask the right questions. Questions like what life was, & what success meant from God’s standpoint. Questions like what things were truly important and what was merely vanity. Don’t get me wrong, knowing God did not make me any less ambitious or become an underachiever in any way, if anything it helped me tailor my ambitions to that which was healthy and could be thought acceptable according to His Divine standards.
The bible makes us understand that we were bought at a price; 1 Corinthians 6:20a “For you were bought at a price” Christ’s precious blood; due recompense for our sinful nature. It says that we have become ambassadors of Christ.
“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 NKJV
By this, our job is to witness Christ, to lift the banner high and spread light to a seemingly dark world. Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV says;
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
And 1 Peter 2: 9 says that “…we’re chosen and special people and we have been called out to proclaim God’s praises.”
I’ve always been a big fan of road trips, although I’m not very well-travelled. Having to relax, sit back and take in the wonders of nature at its finest; blue skies, land and air creatures, tall trees and beautiful topography. Alongside man-made structural developments of every form.
One thing that stands out for me though is the wonderful hills and mountains I come across whenever I tow valleys and plain lands. Especially those that have some form of structures and settlements above. It’s wonderful how those structures can be seen from afar and are set apart and being put on display for the world to see. Just like the centrepiece of art at an art exhibition.
That centrepiece above is exactly what the bible describes us as in Matthew 5: 14-16. We are like that golden child that is constantly used as a point of reference to His/Her siblings. So yeah, we’re put in the spotlight for the world to see and experience God’s love. We are the spotlight that shines through the darkness. But hey, relax. There’s no pressure here, we’re just living out our nature; living out the life of God in us and making Him known through our words and actions. We Live the Zoe life, Hallelujah!
Our purpose on earth is to bring people into the knowledge of Christ’s unending love and sacrifice. To save them from doom, bring them into a reality of endless life and to show them how to live out that life just as Jesus would. This right here is what success and purpose means to God.
To effectively perform our assignment, the world would demand from us certain things, of which a few are; Grace, financial strength, power and influence. This is because relevance, listening ears and wide reach are tied to possession of those things.
This doesn’t mean that we must all strive to be in the government, rather that we all strive to be authorities in our various spheres of influence; Whether you are rich and powerful, a middle-class citizen or finely below the average.
In our; saving lives, fighting for the rights of our fellow man, business/exchange of commodities and services, among other noble professions, it is important that we stand out, that our light is seen and that Christ’s message of Salvation remains the loudest voice. We must never forget that we have been placed on a pedestal and that all of creation awaits our manifestation.
So we strive for perfection as students, parents, workers and leaders not only for our enjoyment or Vanity sake but most importantly to walk the walk of Christ.
Remember dear believer that your earthly success and ambition is important to God and the spread of the Gospel. God wants you healthy, wealthy, happy and satisfied. However, Life loses its meaning when we solely pursue wealth, power, and every other form of vain materialism outside of Christ’s purpose. Then like Solomon, we would come to a point when we realize that Vanity continues to remain Vanity in itself.