The Three Most Important Questions
1 Corinthians 15:22
Even though life is complex and full of choices, difficulties, and opportunity, it really all boils down to three important questions. If you can answer these three questions, you can set the course of your life.
The three questions are simple. Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Now few of us actually stop to ponder even one of these questions. But inside we’re answering them.
Let’s take the first question. Who am I? For most people it’s tied to their family or their identity or a persona they are trying to project. But deep down they don’t know who they are. We hear scientists tells us we sort of just got here, randomly. There is no evidence of a designer or Creator. So if we’re here by chance, what is our purpose to life? Maybe we’re just supposed to make our own way.
Now, few think of life this way. But their choices reflect it. Choices that are self-destructive and aimless or choices that are good and right, but with a selfish motive. This is the fruit of someone who has been told he has to look out for himself.
But what if you hear an alternative idea. That perhaps you were created with a purpose (Ephesians 2:1; Genesis 1:26; Psalm 139). That there is a God who uniquely gifted you for His glory. This might add weight to your choices and a purpose to your life. If you could answer the question from God’s own revealed Word, you would find that you are not random or a product of chance, but the creation of a loving, merciful God.
Now let’s consider the next question. Why am I here? When I say here, I don’t mean what house you live in, your school, or even your family heritage. Why am I here—in this messed up world and is there some kind of direction to my existence?
Again, an atheist worldview might say that there is no God. It’s all up to us humans. But this gives incomplete answers to the big, awful questions. Why, then, is there evil and suffering and who is going to stop the madness. Furthermore, how do I stop the evil tendencies I find in my own heart and soul?
But if we look into Scripture, we find an answer. We are here, in this messed up world, because of sin. This world is not as it should be. We were created for more, for a higher purpose. But the same God who pronounced judgement against sin provided a means of justice and love in Jesus. And Jesus will one day restore His Creation to God’s original purpose.
And lastly, the question of Where am I going? Most folks think that there is either no life after death or that perhaps there some sort of Heaven and God will weigh our good against our bad and hopefully (in our case) grade on the curve. In both cases, there is not much hope of justice. The lack of God means there is no one who will clean up this mess of the world. A God who makes moral decisions based on our shifting scale of goodness doesn’t give us the assurance of what happens after death.
But if you read the Scriptures and examine the life of Jesus, you realize that not only can He give your earthly life purpose, but by His death you can find eternal life in Heaven. He actually speaks of preparing a place just for you (John 14:1-3).
I’m not sure exactly where you are as you read this article. Maybe you’re a believer, but you’re faith is shaky. I encourage you to dive into the Scriptures. See the story of Gods’ dramatic redemption from Genesis to Revelation. And if you are not a believer, I invite you to simply investigate the world the way God sees it. It may be different than what you think about life, but I promise you, viewing the world this way will inspire hope and will draw you into a love relationship with the God of the Universe.
Daniel Darling is an author, pastor, and public speaker. His latest book is Crash Course, Forming a Faith Foundation for Life. Visit him on Facebook by clicking here, follow on him on Twitter at twitter.com/dandarling, or check out his website: danieldarling.com.