I came to the LORD when I was very young. When I came to the LORD at that time, I had nothing in terms of material wealth. In a short time after that, I am slowly growing in material prosperity and one day I felt a bit overwhelmed with materialism. I wrote the following in my diary:
Nothing I brought,
And nothing I begot;
Nothing I own,
And nothing I can disown;
From where I came,
I'll return to the same;
And all will end false,
Where my last breath calls.
It should be pretty serious wisdom for someone in his mid-twenties. But I was probably inspired by the preacher who says:
I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. - Ecc 1:14
That brings us to a few important questions. If life is just vanity, what is the purpose of living? If life ends at death, what is the meaning of living? I would argue, there is a purpose and meaning only when Christ is in us. Our LORD's love enriches our lives beyond what we can imagine. Our heart goes down only when we have strayed away from His love. I would like to think through what is that Christ brings to the table that transforms our life from mere vanity to true richness and how can we live our lives to its truest meaning and purpose.
First, it is about the LORD's ownership. If you read in John, it says :
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. - John 10:27-28
We are that sheep owned by our eternal Sheperd. We should be making sure our heart is as poor and dumb as a sheep so that we can always hear our Master's voice and follow Him through. Every moment we hear His voice and obey what He says, we know where we belong and the sense of eternity will cherish our lives.
Next, it is about the LORD's provision for life. If you read below:
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. - John 6:53
This talks about how our LORD will provide us the energy to live. Whenever He refers to Himself as the "Son of Man", He is talking about His human nature. The highlights of His human nature is that of utmost humility, unquestionable devotion to His Father and untiring sense of loving servitude for the people. Eating His flesh spiritually means embodying His human nature in us. And drinking His blood means drawing spiritual energy, inspiration, and satisfaction from His human nature and experience. If we do that, then we have life in us.
Finally, it is about the LORD's guarantee of resiliency in our life. As you can see below:
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this? - John 11:25-26
What this means is that when we believe in His power of resurrection, we can recuperate from every failure in life. The idea of death here does not just mean about physical death, but the kind of spiritual death we go through when we fall in sin and the kind of emotional death we go through when we face other kinds of failures. If we believe in Him, then we can pursue everything in life without the fear of failure and death. For there is no death for those who believe in Him!