What is the meaning of life?

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People pursue many roads to search for the meaning of life. Some of these roads may be pleasure, career, success, riches, relationships, or fame. Some have stated that while accomplishing these goals, they still experienced void in their hearts. Solomon, the wisest man on earth, experienced this empty void and cried, “Meaningless! Meaningless! …Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 1:2).

Why is there such a void in the heart of men?

Solomon answers, “He has also set eternity in the hearts of men…” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). In our hearts, we are aware that the “here-and-now” is not all that there is. There is a deep desire in the heart to fellowship with the Creator.

Then, life is a gift from God and a chance to:

1) Fellowship with Him (Genesis 1:26). 2) Have good relationships with others (Genesis 2:18-25). 3) Work (Genesis 2:15). And 4) Have dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26). But with man’s fall into sin (Genesis 3), fellowship with God was cut, relationships with others suffered,  work is challenging, and man struggles to maintain dominion over the world.

It’s only by restoring the fellowship with God that the meaning in life can be found (Acts 4:12; John 1:12; 14:6). Real meaning in life begins when we follow Christ as His disciples, listen to His voice through the scriptures, talk to Him in prayer, and walk in obedience to His commands. Eternal life starts when we repent of our sins  and allow Christ to give us new hearts.

The hope of life begins when we accept God’s love (Psalm 34:8) and believe that He has great plans prepared for us here on earth – abundant life (John 10:10) – and in the life to come. For He said, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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