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Why, O why, O why!

So God created human beings, making them to be like himself’ (Genesis 1:27 GNB)

Many people ask the question, “Why are we here?

Have you ever had a chat with somebody that has asked this question, and if so, how have you answered it?

Do you know what your purpose is in life; do you have a life plan?

We know that God has a plan for all of our lives, if we are just willing to trust him;

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD’ (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

God not only has a plan for our lives, but that plan is the best plan that there can be for us; each of us has a plan that will serve us the best;

plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for’ (Jeremiah 29:11 GNB).

At the end of the Gospel of Matthew, we read and find out why we are here; we realise that the plan for our lives involves God at its’ centre;

Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples’ (Matthew 28:19 GNB).

So, the reason that we are here, is to do the work which Jesus commanded us in Matthew’s Gospel. Wherever we go, whoever we are with, and whatever we are doing, we should first and foremost be an evangelist for God, telling people everywhere about him, and what he can do for them.

In our lives, we do lots of things in our spare time, and belong to various groups; we may belong to a pool team, a darts team or a football team, we may belong to a book group, a singing or musical group, or a gym or any other of the various groups that we could join.

Many of these groups that we may belong to are there for one reason, and one reason only, us, the end-user; they exist for the enjoyment of the people who use them.

But in addition to these groups, Christians also belong to a church, yet the church is different from many groups. The church;

The church is the only society that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members’ (William Temple 1881 – 1944).

So what we are saying is the church exists not for the benefit of the people who go there, but for the people that do not go there.

Generally, people who attend a church, already have a relationship with God, although many may say that they want a deeper or better relationship. Christians attend churches to mix with other Christians, for as Jesus said;

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them’ (Matthew 18:20 NIV).

So we gather together, and with other Christians we worship God; we gather together with Christians to pray (talk) with God, with other Christians, we listen for God’s word. But as we do these things, we hope that there may be other people there that are interested in what the church stands for, but may not have a relationship with God, that may be willing to listen to his words spoken by the preacher, sing to him with words inspired by God to song writers, and wait to see what happens.

We need to encourage people to come to church to listen to what God has to say. There is an old saying listed in John Heywood’s proverb collection of 1546;

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink

We can encourage people to attend a church, we can talk to them about God, but they need to be willing to listen and be open to hear God speaking to them;

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock’ (Revelation 3:20 NIV). Jesus speaks to us if we are willing to listen. The choice is ours, all we have to do is make the right decision; listen to Jesus, hear what he has to say to us, and then respond to him in a positive way;

So, Jesus stands at the door to our heart, if we respond positively, Jesus will enter into our heart, we will have him in our life, we will be changed forever.

Previously, our life could have been a little like Phil Connor (Bill Murray – Groundhog Day – 1993) who got stuck, and re-lived the same day over and over and over again, until he found a way to break the loop.

Once we make the right choice, our life changes;

If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me’ (Revelation 3:20 NIV).

We can make the right decision, and we can break the loop if we choose Jesus!

 

Revelation 3-20 - knocking

 

I was nowhere, You came to my rescue
From the grave I’ve been raised
When I needed a saviour to save me

Jesus, You made a way
I was blind, but these eyes have been opened
Now I walk in the light
Ev’ry step on this road I will follow
Jesus, You made a way

You are the way 
You are the way
Lost and dead, but Your love came to find me
Jesus You are the way
Jesus, the only way
Jesus, the only way

All my days are secure in Your promise Never standing alone
You’re the truth, You’re the life, You’re my future
Jesus, You made a way
I’m alive in that love that You give me
Free to dance once again
You will lead me from glory to glory Jesus, You made a way

You are the way
You are the way
You’re the light shining bright in the darkness
Jesus You are the way

The Way (Pocketful of Faith #10)
Ben Cantelon, Nick Herbert & Tim Hughes

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Father we thank you that when we choose to follow you, our life will change forever. We are grateful for the plans you have for our lives, that you formed us inside our mother, and knew us before we were born, and for the fact that if we trust you, you will guide us and teach us what we should know and how we should live. Lord we thank you for our lives and everything in them, help us to live better lives for you.

Amen

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