Is there really meaning to life?

In our present day, the answer to the question, ‘Is there really a meaning to life?’, is becoming increasingly elusive. There are as many differing answers as there are people to give them. Some will tell you that the purpose of life is ‘happiness,’ others ‘family’ and many that ‘life is meaningless.’ But tragically, no one seems to be able to give any objective or moral basis for their opinions, not even scientists or religious leaders. The question, however, has not always been unanswerable. There is still an answer today, if we are willing to see it!

The answer lies in God’s Word, the Bible. It is only from the word of an infinitely holy, eternal and unchanging God that we can obtain a true understanding of life apart from our own opinions. First we must realise what life actually is. The Bible makes it very clear that being truly ‘alive’ does not simply involve being a breathing, moving being. The apostle Paul says ‘we were dead in our sins,’ making it clear that our rebellion against God puts us in a position similar to ‘corpses walking’. If we want to truly live, then we must be given life by Jesus Christ, and then ‘It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.’ (Galatians 2v20).

But to what end is this new life? The Bible again makes the answer clear; we have been given new life so we may worship the one who sits on the throne! Jesus said, ‘true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.’ (John 4v23). If we have experienced the new birth, then our new life exists solely to worship and glorify the God who gave us life. A.W. Tozer said: ‘True worship is to be so personally and hopelessly in love with God that the idea of a transfer of affection never even remotely exists’. Our whole lives should be worship to God, not just two brief hours on a Sunday! ‘I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.’(Romans 12v1).

By Philip Mackereth

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  1. Thanks allot Philip,
    This such a vital point to be sure of in your own mind. Worship is central to the Christians life. It also occurred to me that true worship always has a God-ward focus and not a selfish focus. I also found your quote from Tozer to be very insightful. I just have one question;

    ‘True worship is to be so personally and hopelessly in love with God that the idea of a transfer of affection never even remotely exists’ This set the bar very high for what worship is, would you agree that this is what worship is? if so then what Biblical justification have you got for this view? From what we see in the Bible it could be that worship is; 'the giving of what God deserves to him'. such verses as Rev 7:11-12,Rev 4:10-11,1 Cor 14:25 could be helpful in this study. This definition could also work bearing in mind verse you brought up (Rom 12:1) If I have made no sense at all then sorry. I basically would love to see the Bible telling us what exactly worship is. comments? thanks

  2. Thanks for bringing that up Thomas!
    Youre right, we need to see things from the Bible. I was thinking about it, and I suppose 1Cor13 applies here in conjunction with Romans12. As Cor13 says, 'If i have ..etc.. but not Charity, it profiteth me nothing,' so the only way we can present ourselves 'a living sacrifice' is with love for Christ. Taking that further, Jesus said the 1st and great commandment was to 'love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength;' so all our faculties are to be put into loving him.
    1John3;8 says 'let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.' So again, love is a practical thing.
    In the Hebrew, the word Worship signifies to make obeisance, to humble, to bow down; that word is used all thro the OT. I havent done any greek yet, but it seems that through the NT whilst the wordS translated worship signify 'to Adore' as well as the concept of doing reverence (with thanks to Mr Strong...).

    So does Romans12 include heart soul mind and strength, in 'bodies'? I would say yes.

    Anyway, theres a condensed form of a long train of thoughts!
    maybe you have some yourself?

  3. Thanks for this post, Philip, very encouraging! The idea that our whole lives should be worship to God is so neat, because that means that whatever we do should be for Him and for His glory...



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