Monday 3 July 2017

Choose Life (Part Thirty-Eight): Why Are We Here?

Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well? 
― John 5:5-6, NKJV
We continue this week with the story of the sick man healed at the Pool of Bethesda. [John 5:1-15]. 

To live life to the utmost you’ll need to answer the “Why, Where, and what questions of life.” Why are you here? Where are you going after here? What will you leave behind? Answering and aligning according to these is the secret to living life on purpose and to the utmost measure.
Why, Where and What questions of life.
So, Why are you here? I guess the easy answer is we are here for God’s glory. [Isaiah 43:7; Genesis 1:26-28; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; 1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 1:16, 3:17; Revelations 4:11] The Westminster Catechism states “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.” Wow! So aptly captured. That leads us to Stephen Covey’s Habit number 3, “Put First Things First.” That we see clearly laid out for us in the greatest, and sum total, of God’s commandment. [Matthew 22:36-40; Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10:25-28] Simply stated, “We are here for God and for one another.” Our lives only find meaning in God, and that which the relationship produces.
Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.
The first product of our relationship with God is our relationship with our own selves. Second is our relationship with one another from the foundation of our relationship with God and our own self. That is why Dr. Stephen R. Covey so rightly broke the seven habits (in his book) into three parts, "Winning the War within" (first three habits), "Winning the War Without" (the next three habits) and "Making it Enduring" (the last and seventh habit).
Winning the War within"..., "Winning the War Without"...and "Making it Enduring
So, you can further see where the three supposed rich men, in the gospels, missed it. [Matthew 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 12:13-21, 16:19-31] They had no clue why they were here. Do you? Do you know the problem you were born to solve? [Ephesians 2:10] Do you know the aspect of God you were born to exhibit? Do you know your purpose? Are you living it?


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