There’s an old country song with this line… “There goes my reason for living, there goes my everything.” The song is about a man who has lost his one reason for living _ he had lost his one true love. Without her, the song goes on to say, life isn’t worth the trouble.
Our culture tells us certain things are so important that they can be considered a “reason for living.” The problem is that getting those things doesn’t bring about the satisfaction that we thought it would.
Have you ever thought about your reason for living? If someone were to ask you that question, what would your answer be? Sometimes people have trouble answering that question truthfully because we say what we think the answer should be instead of what our lifestyle reveals.
Here are three questions that might reveal the real you so take a moment to think about the answer.
- When you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing you think about? 2. During the day, what do you spend most of your time thinking about? 3. As you fall asleep at night, what tends to dominate your thoughts?
Now if the answer to all three questions is the same, THAT is your reason for living. If not, then you need to decide which is more important to you than the others.
In Matthew 4 there is a story about Jesus and 2 men that had their reason for living challenged. They accepted the challenge. As a result, their lives and the lives of countless others have never been the same.
Here’s the story: “While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him.” (Matthew 4:18-20)
These three verses reveal a great reason for living. It also reveals three commitments. Making these commitments will give your life great meaning and purpose. Let’s take a closer look.
Commitment #1: Commit to following Jesus.
Commitment #2: Commit to leading other people to Jesus.
Commitment #3: Commit to doing it now.
Some of you might be thinking, “I need to do more with my life, but my plate is so full I don’t have room for anything else.” Believe me, I know the feeling but Jesus doesn’t want to be added to a plate of projects. Following Jesus isn’t a matter of fitting him in beside all the other activities you pursue; it’s a matter of putting him first and allowing other things to fit in as allowed by Jesus.