Fourth Dimension: Purposelessness kills
Posted Sunday, December 29 2013 at 00:00
Ending the year in Uganda is always a great party following up the Christmas celebrations. It is a great way to get set for the anticipated opportunities of the New Year. Unfortunately, many times it is the only highlight for the people whose main goal was to simply get to the new year and nothing more than basic existence. This is a danger which unfortunately hardly gets the attention it requires every year.
It verifies the statement made by one preacher: “Nothing kills men in this world more than lack of purpose.” When men get into disillusionment and deception of mere existence, they make many choices that lead to destruction of self and others. This condition serviced by the thinking ‘let’s eat and be merry today for tomorrow we die’, literally leads to death. When men lose hope, they lose the power to live a meaningful and successful life. And that’s where many stand after the end of the year party stops.
But the author of the book of Galatians makes this statement that can serve as a protective outlook to life for all men. He declares that “Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.”
While there may be many definitions of sin, the reference to sin here defines it as a pursuit of a lifestyle that ignores the purposes of God for man. It is a choice to follow in the ways of rebellion against God just as the devil did.
But we can make a different choice to follow in the footsteps of Jesus the Son of God. He lived His life with a clearly defined purpose of existence here on earth. His purpose, according to this scripture, was to destroy the works of the devil, which had held men in captivity. We know that this purpose gave Him daily direction and sustained Him in the times of trial at his time of crucifixion.
Men without a definite purpose lack direction for daily living. They can do anything which often ends up in destruction.
It’s my prayer for the men that they would take time after the party to examine their lives and see if they are living with purpose or simply drifting along the river of life. In the multitude of Counsellors there is safety. May no man live outside the circle of godly counsel. Happy new year.