“In the beginning God . . . “ (Genesis 1:1). It would seem that any other opening statement in the Bible just wouldn’t make sense. Everything finds its beginning with Him. Someone said that God is the subject of life. Eugene Peterson, producer of the modern paraphrase of the Scriptures, “The Message,” says this is in his introduction to the book of Genesis: “If we don’t have a sense of the primacy of God, we will never get it right, get life right, get our lives right. Not God at the margins; not God as an option; not God on the weekends. God at center and circumference; God first and last; God, God, God.”
Truly, life just doesn’t make sense without starting with, staying with, and ending with God. No wonder there are so many self-help and spiritually-oriented books at the bookstore. No surprise that millions are lost in their addictions to drugs, booze, porn, work, Facebook and Instagram, shopping and more. It is no shock that news reports are filled with stories of mass murders, suicides, gang violence, and millions of abortions. Without the understanding of life as God explains it in his Word, there is nothing solid for the unbelieving to grasp ahold to.
What can we as Christians do to help these who are struggling to find out what life is supposed to be about? Let me suggest a few important actions:
1. First, pursue and ever-growing relationship with God. You cannot lead others to a place you’ve never been. Also, once you seek to be the salt and light Scriptures exhort us to be, Satan will throw everything he has at you. Your only protection is your relationship with God through Christ.
2. Love the hurting and seeking people you encounter. Sincere, unselfish love is the key which will open their hearts and minds to the message you wish to share . . . that God loves them and wants to give them life – life that has meaning and makes sense; life which never ends.
3. Live in purity. Your life will either show proof of the truth of God’s Word or it will become a stumbling block. I hate the thought that I might be the one who serves as a barrier to someone knowing Christ as their Savior and Lord. My life will never be perfect this side of heaven, but it can be a strong and positive influence. I pray it is!
There is no need to wander aimlessly through life. Go to the One who has all the answers (no, not Oprah or Joel Osteen). Discover the wonderful adventure which is life lived God’s way. You’ll never regret it.