Many people today are searching for the meaning of life. They ask, “What is the purpose of life? Why do I exist? Why am I here?” The apostle Paul provides the answers in Romans 11:36. The Bible says, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.” In Romans 11:36 the meaning of life involves three key ideas.
First, “For from Him… are all things.” God is the Creator. The Bible teaches that God made the universe. In Genesis 1 and 2 God spoke and it was done! Colossians 1:16 says, “For by Him (Jesus) all things were created both in the heavens and on earth.”
God is not only the Creator. He is also the Redeemer. He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins. God is eternal. He has no beginning and no ending. All things begin with God Himself.
Darwinian naturalism is the religion of America. Most people in America believe in naturalism. The culture in which we swim is naturalism. Naturalism teaches that matter is eternal. Carl Sagan began his hit series Cosmos by saying, “The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be.” Part of naturalism is the teaching of evolution. Evolution says that time plus chance plus nothing created everything.
The truth is that all things are “from Him.” You and I are created by God. God is the Source of everything. Matter is not eternal. God is eternal.
Second, “For from Him and through Him… are all things.” God is the Sustainer. Not only did God create everything but God sustains everything. Colossians 1:17 says, “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
It’s one thing to build a house. It is another thing to maintain a house. A house must be sustained. Someone must paint the house and clean the house and heat the house. The Lord Jesus sustains this entire universe. If there is breath in our bodies today it is because Jesus Christ is sustaining us.
Our culture teaches that life is random and chaotic. Our culture says that there is no meaning to life. Many believe there is no ultimate purpose in life. The Bible teaches the opposite. We are not simply a random collection of molecules. God has a plan and a purpose for every person. Joseph told his brothers, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good” (Genesis 50:20). Romans 8:28 says, “All things work together for good to those who love God….” God is working out His plan for our lives.
Third, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever.” You and I exist for God’s glory. Our highest goal must be the glory of God.
A byproduct of naturalism is humanism. Humanism teaches that man’s happiness is the greatest good. When humanism began (to its credit) the goal was the happiness of mankind or humanity. People focused on philanthropy and good deeds. Unfortunately, very quickly it changed from humanity to the individual. People live today for their own happiness. The philosophy becomes, “My happiness is the greatest good.”
The best example of humanism in the Bible is King Nebuchadnezzar. Nebuchadnezzar built the great Babylonian Empire. In Daniel 4:30 he said, “Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?”
Nebuchadnezzar went insane for seven years. He even ate grass like an ox! God was making a statement in this event. It is the height of insanity to believe that we are the center of the universe. God is the center of the universe. We must live for His glory.
The Christian life begins by understanding that God is the center of the universe. He is perfect and holy. Unfortunately, we have sinned against God. We fail to meet God’s standards. God the Father’s love for us was so great He crushed His Son for our sins. We receive salvation as a gift. This gift of salvation should produce gratitude in our lives. The rest of our lives we serve Him thankful for what He has done for us. Let’s worship God today! Thank Him for what He has done for you!
Ethan Hansen is a pastor at Faith Bible Fellowship in Big Lake.