Many of us remember a time when there was a sense of order and purpose to life. Sure life was far from perfect. People suffered unfairly. There were crime and suffering. But for a few short decades, we thought we were on the right track. Kids could walk themselves home from school and no parent feared. If you dropped your money without noticing, someone would tap you on the shoulder and say, “I think this is yours. It fell from your pocket.”
Somehow though, this world has become unraveled. It seems the more we throw money at problems, the worse they get. Forty years ago, a teacher with no assistants and no technology, could teach, assess, and pass a class of 30 students. Now with big budgets, modern tech, and a team in the classroom, literacy, and numeracy rates are falling. I don’t mean to single teachers out. I would not, could not do what they do. The problem is far bigger than them. Their classroom ordeals are symptoms of a far bigger problem.
The core of the problem is that we have excommunicated God from our society. And in a godless society, we have no foundation upon which to choose right from wrong and no hope to draw us on into tomorrow.
Without a foundation, who can be certain of what is truly right?
Without hope, how do we justify life?
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father, except through Me.” John 14:6
The three things Jesus has to give to people today is a way to live. This is purpose for life, a reason to build a family, and to grow old and to one-day face death with anticipation that the best is yet to come.
Jesus brings truth into the World. Values that work. A way to live in which you can hold your head up high, knowing that in walking with Him, you have never intentionally caused harm to another. That your life has had meaning and purpose. That it is worth getting out of bed each and every day.
Jesus is also the ‘life-giver.’ He makes our dead and self-centered bitter old hearts come alive. He brings us into fellowship with other people who also share that same life and joy that He gives you.
If a life that has hope, meaning, and purpose is what you desire, Jesus has it to give.
Come what are you waiting for?