If we were to ask ourselves or other people what are their goals in life we probably will have many answers. Some may say that to achieve a high standing in society, to travel round the world, to have a comfortable life or to look after their family is their goal in life. These goals probably change when one grows older. When young, our goal in life is probably to study hard and to get a good career. When we have a career, the next goal in life is to get married. After marriage the next goal in life is to have children. After having children, the next goal in life is to ensure that they have a good education and so on and so forth.
What about Jesus when He was on earth? What was His goal and what goal He wants us to pursue?
Perhaps this verse is the most important verse in the Bible and the crux of our faith.
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
Although Jesus performed many miracles and preached the kingdom of Heaven, His main purpose of coming is to actually be the sacrifice for sins and to resurrect. In so doing, being the first fruit of resurrection, today we have victory over death.
How many of us actually truly believe in Jesus’s Words? How many of us truly aim and look forward this day of resurrection?
In our busy pursuit in life, it is very possible we lose sight of our truly main objective in life and that is ETERNAL LIFE. To lose eternal life, is to lose everything. Some of us may even think that the resurrection is far off. Some may feel that being a Christian, the hope of resurrection is just insurance in the future if something ‘bad’ befall us.
There is one character in the Bible that clearly pursues this resurrection from the dead.
This is what he said.
“And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!”
“If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”
“that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
The name of this character is Paul. He is truly unlike most Christians. His main aim in life is to do the will of Jesus, to suffer in the ministry for Christ and to attain the crown of righteousness. To him, the resurrection of the dead is the key aim in life and despite all the sufferings he received, he held his faith and completed this arduous journey.
The evangelistic service is round the corner. It is a good time to re-think our faith and commitment to Jesus and also a good time to bring our friends and relatives to believe in Jesus. Even though I am a Christian, I do like to listen to evangelistic services as they do remind me the reason why I became a Christian.
Do we truly believe Jesus’s Words? Are we on the path to resurrection or the path to destruction? Let us re-calibrate our lives to Christ and testify to our friends and relatives the resurrection of Jesus.