Worth Living and Dying For

Yesterday, April 20 was the 10th year anniversary of the tragic shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.  It brings back to focus the struggle many face to understand the purpose of life and the struggle to be accepted…

Sunday, April 19, I shared the lyrics and music to the song “Dying to Live” by Jonny Lang.  The lyrics are thought provoking, reflective of a humanity without God, searching for perspective, understanding, meaning, and relevance…

You know I’ve heard it said there’s beauty in distortion

By some people who withdraw to find their head

And when they say that there is humor in misfortune

I can’t help wondering, if they’ll laugh when I am dead

 

You know some people say that values are subjective

But they’re just saying words that someone said.

And so they live, and fight, and kill with no objective

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the living from the dead

 

Why am I fighting to live if I’m just living to fight

Why am I trying to see when there is nothing inside

Why am I trying to give when no one gives me a try

Why am I dying to live if I’m just living to die

 

  • why am I striving, fighting, competing, struggling?
  • what am I striving for?  What am I fighting for?  What am I living for?  Not even thinking about what I am willing to die for?
  • who defines if our existence has made a difference or impact… is it all subjective, relative, defined by people who are themselves imperfect.  

Why am I fighting to live if I’m just living to fight… you know, the struggle to get ahead in a doggy dog world, survival of the fittest, are we just caught up in this human rat race? Is life all about getting ahead, pursuing things that ultimately won’t last, that will crumble, fade away?  Is our pursuit dictated by values that are subjective and relevance has to do with what is trendy or in style?  “I don’t want to gain the world and lose my soul.”

Why am I trying to see when there is nothing inside… we strive so much to succeed, to achieve, to do, to get ahead that when we do look deep inside, we’re not sure of what we find?  There are many people who are empty inside.  There is a void?  Who am I?  Are we so defined by the things we do, our titles, our duties, our grades, our friends, the people we hang out with, our roles that when we look inside and ponder who we really are, we’re really not sure or maybe find nothing of substance at all?  

Why am I trying to give when no one gives me a try… has this world suppressed who you really are, have you been given opportunities to allow who you are to be fully expressed?… your gifts, talents, and abilities?  Or have you essentially been living in a box or by parameters that have been defined by your world and environment?  Have you experienced the freedom to be you?

Why am I dying to live if I’m just living to die  Is life just about filling it with experiences and people?  Is life merely about existing those limited numerical years only then to be gone and just a memory?  What is my purpose in life?  Is there something greater than just mere existence?

Even as Christians, we have to ask and be real with ourselves.  Are we cultivating something deeper, our spiritual lives?  Are our motivations merely governed by the pursuits of this world?  Is there something more significant to my life than what other people think of me?  What I do or what I can attain or obtain?

You see, God has answers to these questions.  The answers are revealed in the Good News of Jesus Christ.  They are found in his words expressed in the Bible. They are not the subjective opinions of mere men because they were God-breathed.  We know that the Word of God is truth because what it says has withstood the test of time and application through the ages.  God provides us with the answers that overrides any opinions of man because His words are true and they are truth pertaining who we are and why we live…

As believers, Christ frees us from the need to fight, to strive, and to compete because he has done it all for us through his death and resurrection.  Everything that we need is in Christ Jesus.  In Christ we can be content and at peace because our identity, our needs, our purpose, and our future are assured by what He has done for us.  Sure we need to survive but there is more to life than being consumed by work, drive for success, notoriety, or the pursuit of the things of this world.  

As believers, Christ fills the emptiness and void that is within that beckons for us to understand who we are and why we exist.  Our identity is complete.  My value, my worth, my relevance is not determined by the subjective reviews and opinions of man that can differ from person to person but rather by the eternal, everlasting, and unchanging character and person of God, my Creator whose view and love for me is unchanging.  As a result, when we look within, we are not empty and void but instead filled and complete.

As believers, Christ is someone who gives us the opportunity to allow us to be free to be all that we were created and meant to be.  God redeemed us in order that we, as his creation, may be the full expression of his glory.  God wants us to excel, to succeed, to be fruitful, to be productive, to be creative.  We are secure in knowing that ultimately our worth is not measured by it. This gives us the freedom to explore and be all we can be.

As believers, in Christ, we are not just living to die but we are living with a purpose and with meaning and relevance.  Our life and relationship with God does not begin when we die. Eternity does not begin when we leave this earth but the moment we receive Jesus into our lives and we allow Him to be our Savior and Lord.  Our lives matters because ultimately Jesus gave his life for us in order that we can have relationship with God, our Creator.  You and I are not insignificant.  Our lives matter.  In the end, we can make a difference in helping this world realize that there is something truly worth living for, even dying for.

As Christians, we need to live and believe in the truth…

In addition, “Go” and “tell”… we need to preach it… we need to live it… Through the work of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit lives in every believer in order that together we can enjoy life but also help to change the world by spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.   This is what is worth living for.  This is also what is worth dying for.  Just see Paul’s words and example in Philippians…

Pastor Daniel