A man and his wife had questions about life. To secure answers they made a trip to Tibet and climbed the Himalayas in search of a particular holy man. They found their guru after hiking up and down 15,000-17,000 foot mountains. At length he allowed an audience and told the Americans, among other things, that the nature of existence is impermanence.
They had to go all the way to Tibet to discover that the “nature of existence” is impermanent? They could have saved the expense and time by entering any cemetery in the country! Their trip typifies the misguided futility of many who claim to be searching for meaning, but never intend to find it. They consider the search the reason for their existence.
With good reason: while they travel anywhere on earth to find answers, they won’t seriously read even a single page in the Bible. They seek help from self-appointed experts, but no sure, sometimes-painful guidance from the only God.
God desires to give us life, in all its fullness; to fill us up, to the brim. He seeks to share himself with us, so we can appropriate his nature in our own lives. Despite the bounty of his feast, many starve to death spiritually, because they won’t eat at his table. Blinded by worldly wisdom, the Bible to them seems simplistic.
God continues to offer eternal life to all. “To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son” Revelation 21:6e-7.
If we want to find life, God has it. If we want to receive life, God gives it. Every day. To the full. Forever and ever. But only he through Jesus Christ.
If we want to know what will happen to everyone who seeks answers to the questions of our mortality outside God in Christ, read Revelation 21:8. If God’s great Love in Jesus Christ won’t draw us to him, maybe Revelation 21:8 will scare the Hell out of us.