Many people live life with no direction and a lack of meaning. Trying to find meaning and purpose has become very difficult, everything we think will fulfill us never does. Fame and fortune have been grasped for by many who, when they finally attain it, are left worse off than before. The words ring true that “There is nothing worse than to reach the top, only to find there is nothing there.”
This weekend we discussed this exact topic: “Where do we find meaning and purpose in life?” To answer this question we studied Matthew 22:34-40 where Jesus answers a very similar question, "What is the most important commandment?". I feel these questions are related because its almost like asking “What is the most important thing God has asked us to do in this life? Or what is the thing that OUR CREATOR would consider most crucial for us to do with the life he’s given us?” (Who would know the purpose of humanity better than the one who created them for a specific purpose.)
Jesus lays out for us the two most important things that God asks of every Human, To love Him with everything in you, and to love people. This is truly our mission here on earth, and only when we step into doing this do we find meaning and purpose. Jesus wants us to recognize that Loving God and Loving people are closely tied together. To love God is to love people and to love people is an actual physical way that we can show love to God. Physically showing love to God was always a difficult concept for me to understand because obviously he is invisible and untouchable. It was a game-changer for me to realize that through loving people, through real genuine actions and not only in words (1 John 3:16-18), I was also directly loving God.
Jesus makes this clear in Matthew 25:31-46. This passage is intense, but it illustrates this point beautifully. Jesus basically tells us that when we show love through our actions to those in need, it is the same as if we did those actions to Jesus himself. Jesus ties himself to people and he reveals to us just how deeply connected the two commandments of Loving God and Loving people are. It is impossible to claim a love for God if we hate, curse, and abuse our fellow human beings.
1 John 4:20-21 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.