Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Existential Questions for Christians
Admiral James Stockdale's opening questions during the 1992 Vice Presidential debate are good questions for all of us to consider as we travel through our journey of this life as we prepare for the next life. Who am I? Why am I here? These are great existential questions for us to consider as we live each day.
Who am I? Am I the person I born to be? Am I the person who had bad things happen to them previously in their life? Am I the person who did many bad things to myself and others? Am I a child of the King? Am I a victorious Christian? Am I a guilt-ridden Christian lamenting my life and the way it has turned out? Am I someone who looks forward to what each day brings? Or am I someone who looks forward to each day as a way of getting one day closer to the end and receiving my eternal reward. Am I someone people turn to for guidance and comfort? Am I someone that people don't turn to unless they have to?
I don't have easy answers because each of us is in a different place. But, for those of us who are in Christ Jesus, we know that we are brothers and sisters of the King. In Mark 3:35 Jesus said "whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother." Emotionally we may not be there, but that is the reality of what Christ has given to us.
Why am I here? I'm not going to list all of the possibilities for this, just meditate on the question. Why am I here? Do I have a purpose? Has God shared with my my raison d'etre? Go read the beginning of Exodus or Isaiah 6 to see examples of God-given purpose. Read Mark 3 where Jesus calls his disciples. Read the accounts of Jesus and his mission. Ask God what your purpose is. Pray, and sit quietly and listen as he speaks to you. Let the Lord speak to your soul and it may help you answer some of these questions.