Life on Earth
By Neil Heater
Last week we looked at water in relation to scripture and its focus. This week the focus is a look at another of the known elements- yet not in the way you might think. Earth has so many variables in the way the word is used. We can look earth in the realm of this planet that God created for our habitation. The word can dissected in regards to the idea of Terra firma or the land itself. To Christians the Earth is the dwelling place of our mortal body; yet there is another direction that the believer can gain insight.
What on “earth” is the Christian here for? In other words, what is our purpose for spending 10 or 30 or 70 years upon this rock that circles the sun? Is our existence simply to use up space or make humanitarian choices that affect generations? Or are we called to be here for a higher purpose?
When a person comes to Christ as his savior, he makes a decision to give up his own identity and to become the mind of Christ. So why did Jesus spend time on Earth…besides the obvious one of Calvary? Maybe we need to look at the words of the Son of God to see what He had to say about our lives.
In Matthew 5:13 Jesus said this, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Why the reference to us as a seasoning? No the Lord was actually giving Christians a complement. He was telling the people in this thought that believers are what gives “flavor” to the cause of Christ. Salt is what brings out the flavor, or adds a better taste, to something bland. Without Jesus people’s lives are spent in a quagmire of doubt and deception. They get caught up in everyday activity with no real purpose. When Jesus comes into someone’s life, He does an amazing thing. He enhances or seasons their existence. Now there is purpose to each day they take a breath.
In the next chapter of the book, in verse 10, He gives this declarative, “your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. “ Jesus is saying that God has a will for Earth just as He does for the heavenly kingdom. The life spent on this planet is following the will of God. Believe it or not, God does have a will for life in Heaven…it is to love Him with all your might and soul and heart. That same line of reasoning follows for the child of God in the mortal realm. We are to love Jesus, not only for what He did for us but because He is God…in the flesh.
Jesus also claimed us as a finished work to give honor unto God. John 17:4, “I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. “ The work that Jesus speaks of us is providing a way for sinful man to come to himself. When people believe Jesus as the one who shed His blood for them, He immediately recognizes their plea for salvation and freely gives it. His payment on the cross is the finished work and when we accept that work we glorify God in Heaven. In fact, we give saints cause to shout and sing a Hallelujah chorus.
So obviously a great purpose for living on Earth for the believer is to live unto someone else and not himself. That someone else is Jesus and He offers so much to us for so little on our part. Our sense of destiny comes about because He gave us a direction, a compass as it were to rejoice in Him.
In Acts 13:47, Paul quoted the Lord when he said, “For this is what the Lord has commanded us: ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ Although Paul was speaking to the Jews, he was also speaking to Christians through the ages. We are to live our lives propagating the message of truth of the Gospel to others. Part of our lives spent is to see that Jesus is shared with the world.
We have learned from our childhood of going to Sunday School that God made man in His image. SO if He created us to be a mortal reflection of Himself, than what does that mean in this life. It means that our pilgrimage through this world is to honor and glory in the Creator. We have distinct personalities that separate us from each other, yet we follow the same path of life which makes us very much alike.
It makes no sense that God created us simply to die and that is it. Our “vapor” in this world could not simply be to just be the result of a grand designer’s boredom. No, we’re made with a definite motivation on His part. We were allowed a life that is to worship and fellowship with Him. Humans are not some esoteric design that drifts through in a dream state. No, mankind was made higher that the rest of Creation to tend to the needs of the planet through stewardship living. Adam was made a gardener, Moses a messenger and Noah a builder. We each have a task that fulfills a plan of God in Heaven.
Our journey through this life is not as naturalist’s believe it to be as a “you are the accidental byproduct of an indifferent mechanical universe.” We did not develop from some primordial ooze to take shape into the “rhythm” of life. Evolutionists would want us to accept our lot on Earth as nothing more than part of the equation that says we make our own purpose for life. Chaos becomes the ultimate path. I am not sure I like the idea of following a trail that goes this way and that way to a final reason of my existence. No, there is a better way and that way is in the developed plan of Almighty God.
“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. “ That passage in Proverbs 14:12 is part of the lie that Satan wants mankind to fall into. When left up to fleshly eyes, the way may seem tasty and sweet, but the end result falls flat. Just like mentioned earlier, the believer is the salt and has the right savor to bring to those without Christ.
So what is our purpose on this Earth? To bring honor and glory to God through lives that declare what He has done for them and what He promises in the life to come. It is not automation…it is declaration of His love.