Why Am I Here? Introduction
Essential Truths: Why Am I Here? Introduction, Be One and Make One
We are all here to become and to make disciples of Jesus, to Be One and to Make One.
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All the Essential Truths we have discussed in this series now lead us to the big “so what” question. What difference do all these truths make? How must my life change now that I have begun to grasp these truths? In other words, to take it down to the most basic of all questions, “Why Am I Here, right here, right now, on planet earth?” The Bible gives a clear answer to this fundamental quest for meaning. It tells us that we are here to become and to make disciples of Jesus. We are here to Be One and to Make One.
1. Be One
When Jesus encountered His first disciples, He issued a single challenge: “’Come, follow me,’ Jesus said, ‘and I will send you out to fish for people.’” (Matthew 4:19) And their response? “At once they left their nets and followed him.” (Matthew 4:20) This defines the essence of being a disciple, someone who follows and obeys Jesus. True disciples make Jesus the first priority in their lives and order their lives according to His instructions.
So what does this look like on a day-by-day basis. Jesus summarizes His instructions this way, in what we call, “The Great Commandment”:
“’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40; see also Leviticus 19:18; Deuteronomy 6:5)
To follow and to obey Jesus requires that we learn to love God and one another. As we submit to His will and His ways, we will discover a true and genuine fulfillment. As Jesus Himself promises, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
2. Make One
In that first encounter with His disciples, mentioned above, Jesus says that He will teach them “to fish for people.” At the end of His earthly ministry, just before He ascends to the Father, Jesus gives a similar command to His larger circle of disciples, a command which we call “The Great Commission”. He says:
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Disciples are to make other disciples. This is not option for us. It is a command. Our Lord and Master says “go and make”, and our only appropriate response is to get moving.
But how are we supposed to go and make? How can we play our own particular role in all of this? The apostle Paul tells us that God has already addressed this question on one level by giving us certain spiritual gifts to engage in this kingdom-building work. He writes, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:7) On another level, however, all of us share the responsibility of telling our story of God’s grace. As the apostle Peter tells us:
“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” (1 Peter 3:15)
As followers of Jesus, we want as many as people as possible to experience the joy that we ourselves have experienced. We must share the passion of the apostle Paul who says, “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” (1 Corinthians 9:22)
This then is how the Bible generally answers the question, “Why Am I Here?”. We are here to become and to make disciples of Jesus, to Be One and to Make One. May God bless you as you continue your spiritual journey.
Note: Unless otherwise indicated, all English translations of the Bible in this document are taken from The New International Version. (2011); Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.