Why? What?

Why? What?

Finding peace …

May 20th, 2019

We are little children, in so many respects. Where we get into difficulty is when we assume we are more grown up than we are. The questions of ‘why’ and ‘what’ begin when we first learn to speak and there needs to come a point of maturity where the need for answers to these questions are met with faith and trust.

The questions are not the problem, but how we deal with them can become an issue very quickly, when the focus of our attention is more on the question than our indented purpose.

Philosophers for generations have pondered the questions of “Why am I here?” and “What is my purpose?”; these can and have led to some tragic conclusions for many.

“Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”

It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”

John 9:2-5 (NLT)

The disciples posed this question to Jesus, seeking to understand the why and what of the blind man’s plight.

It is apparent that nothing observable from the perspective of the disciples had the blind man done to deserve the situation he found himself in. It was common in the day to attribute disease and deformity to sin as just punishment by God.Many considered the plight of someone, as God lashing out at the sinner directly, or impose punishment on those who the violator loved, so as to draw attention to their sin; a sort of substitutionary corporal punishment.

This was and is a silly proposition.

First, while it is possible God could introduce suffering on those who are disobedient to him, he typically waits for pronouncing judgement.

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

2 Peter 3:9 (NLT)

There are records of God placing people in situations to drive them back to him.

Most typically these were those who God had chosen for a specific purpose, but had strayed from God’s chosen path for them.

Other times, these things are placed in the path for nothing more than demonstrating his power and majesty.

There are several answers, to the philosopher’s questions of as to why we are here and what our purpose is, in scripture.

Predominant in those are for us to glorify him, to demonstrate his power, to set in place the circumstances that will project his will among mankind, and to cause us to worship him.

Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light.”

John 12:35-36 (NLT)

We might want to think Jesus was talking about the brief time of his ministry among us. But because He was and is The Word, it is more accurate to consider this statement as being from then till when he comes to judge the world.

While thousands of years have elapsed since Jesus walk the earth and ministered to us directly, His Word remains as a testament to him and he has left us here to be his disciples with the express purpose of extending that light to every point on the globe.

Each believer who trusts in Jesus for their salvation and hope, is tasked with a charge to be his disciples and likewise, because Jesus made disciples of us, go and make other disciples for him.

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT)

Some keywords are present in the Great Commission.

All – The risen Christ has been giving all authority. He was instructing us, his disciples, to teach obedience to what was taught by Jesus.

Disciples – The disciple is one who commits their singular purpose in life to learning from their master. Everything the master does, the attempt to adopt, every word the master imparts they desire to make part of their vocabulary. The disciple is intent of on molding the very attitude and appearance of the master, into their being. So much so, the disciple increasingly appears more and more like their master.

Go – Not to bask in the moment, but instead, put yourself out there to be that very light that Jesus brought to share with us, so that others may be drawn to him as well.

Back to the passage in Peter…

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

2 Peter 3:9 (NLT)

What God has said he will do, he will do. He wants no one to be destroyed, consequently he’s purposed this time for all of us to repent and seek him more with each passing day. He is returning to claim his own. But sadly, the day of his appearing will come for many before that time and they will face the judgement before the throne immediately.

I’ve never been a huge fan of trying to prompt people into heaven by encouraging them to avoid punishment. I would much rather they seek him so as to have a relationship with him, then avoid his wrath. The scripture bears this out, as being God’s perspective, as well.

But judgement is sure, and his wrath will be imparted on those to reject him. Sadly, those who are most in peril, tend to be the least aware. The primary reason for the disciple remaining here in this world is so that the light Jesus spoke of is propagated to all, so there is hope they might see their way to the shore of his grace and salvation.

We all have tremendous purpose. There are reasons for all things, but not all things are visible to us. The questions of ‘Why’ and ‘What’ are not always clear to us, but what our focus should be are the answers those questions which are contained in His Word. Keeping our focus on Jesus and being the disciples, he calls us to be.

Because when we, shift our focus away from him looking for those answers outside of Jesus, we lose sight of him and his purpose for our lives.

In the Grace of Jesus!

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