Why Are You Here

The teacher noticed one of her students was struggling with some arithmetic problems. Recognizing the girl was shy and probably wouldn’t ask for assistance, the teacher approached the child and asked if she could help. After she had finished, and the student worked through the problems, the girl thanked the teacher. The teacher said, “That’s one of the reasons I am here.” The girl thought for a moment and then asked, “What’s the other reason?”

We might ask someone, “Where will you spend eternity?” Or “Are you certain you will spend eternity in heaven with God?” Or “What confidence from scripture do you have for where you will spend eternity?” Someone might answer like the Ethiopian treasurer did in Acts 8:31, “How can I unless someone helps me to understand?” As a Christian we have a reason, given to us by God, to help teach anyone who does not have an answer. We have the answer. We have a reason for our hope. (1 Peter 3:15, Colossians 4:6) This must be our primary motivation. As we travel the road of life, every person we meet is an opportunity to lead them into eternity with certainty in trusting Jesus Christ by obeying His gospel for salvation. That is your reason! (2 Thess. 1:7-10, 1 Peter 4:17-19, Romans 10:16-17)

Someone might say, “I thought our purpose is to love one another?” Yes, we must love one another, but what kind of love does not prioritize the eternal aspect? How can love be the highest for another if we do not help them to answer the greatest questions of life, “Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going?” The answers to all three questions is God! God made us. We were created for God, to be loved by God and to love God. We are intended to spend eternity with God in heaven. So no matter what “other” reason you find during life, unless we get “THE BIG REASON,” we will miss the mark altogether. Our reason is to help others get to heaven. Is that the reason that motivates you every morning? Is that your goal during the day? Is that your prayer?  Let’s say it like the song, “Lead me to some soul today. O teach me, Lord, just what to say. Friends of mine are lost in sin, and cannot find their way. Few there are who seem to care, and few there are who pray. Melt my heart and fill my life, give me one soul today.” That will help us to remember the reason we are here. May God bless us every day to be bold and ask others if we may assist them to find the answer in Jesus. 

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