An Excuse for Being Born

first dayThe children in our neighborhood were excited. It was mid-August, and the opening day of school had arrived. Several of the children were veterans. They were going into the third or fourth grade. But a couple were entering school for the first time. They were nervous and holding on to their mothers. I’m sure the ‘horror stories’ told by older students added to the angst of the first day.

I heard a story of a little fellow who was excited about starting first grade. He was a brave soldier and didn’t want his mom to accompany him the few blocks from home to school. He confidently left on his own only to return a short time later, out of breath and in tears. He was crying “Mommy, mommy, I lost my excuse for being born!” The boy’s mother had sent him off with the necessary enrollment information including his Birth Certificate. Somehow, the child had lost the Birth Certificate along the way.

Have you ever wondered, “Why am I here?”  Have you pondered, “Does my life really matter?” People sometimes feel like their existence is without purpose or direction. It is almost as if they feel ‘they have lost their excuse for being born’.

The Bible makes it abundantly clear that God created man and that He created him for His glory (Isaiah 43:7). Therefore, the ultimate purpose of man, according to the Bible, is simply to glorify God. In Psalm 100:2-3, we are told to “worship God with gladness” and “know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” Part of what it looks like to glorify God is to acknowledge who God is (our Creator, for starters) and to praise and worship Him as such.

In our fallen state, sin separates us from God and makes it impossible to glorify Him on our own. But, through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, our relationship with God can be reconciled and our sin forgiven. There is no longer a barrier between God and us (Romans 5:10). If you feel like you have no purpose in life, that you’ve lost your excuse for being born, then turn to Jesus. He will give you purpose in life.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8, NIV)

~ Brother Roy


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