"I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!" ( Job 1:21)
No one is living a fulfilling, happy, and purposeful life apart from Jesus.
We may think that people are living happily ever after, but it's not true. Let alone real. Sure, some people may have more comfort in life, success, and even wealth, but those things do not bring lasting fulfillment, happiness, or purpose to our lives. It seems like every day some new Guru is giving out five new steps to discovering your purpose in life or discovering happiness and fulfillment in waking up daily. Well, we will all end up wondering about what our life journey counted for and how it has mattered. This includes people who live life for service, philanthropy, and or in some way of helping humanity.
There is one promising statistic out there.
10 out of 10 people die. One way or another.
Harsh? A little brash? Maybe, but it is true.
It is a daunting and even dark reality to face and accept, but it is none the less real. The truth is if fulfillment, happiness, or purpose are wrapped up in anything that is in this life, we won’t take it into the next. As we see in the words of Job, “Naked we came, Naked, we leave.” We came with nothing; we will leave with nothing.
Leaving . . . but naked.
I take that back. There is one thing you can have in this life that will bring fulfillment, happiness, and purpose and you can take into the next.
That one thing is not a thing; it’s a relationship with a person. That person is Jesus. That’s why Job says, “Praise the name of the LORD!" (Job 1:21). Job had times of happiness and times of lose. He understood that the Lord is the one constant person who can be there during our highs and lows in this life, and will be with us in the next life. That is what we are all honestly looking for in life.
We all want to have and know something that will stay and be with us through it all.
My friend, all along the only person who can bring fulfillment, happiness, and purpose in your life is Jesus.
You can’t come and have Jesus just for fulfillment, happiness, and purpose in your life. You must let Jesus be in charge of your life. Notice Job said, “Praise the Name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). When Jesus is Lord of your life, it means He is your master; He is your boss. Everyone at some level has a boss or someone they are accountable too. But Praise God, He is a good boss, that’s why we want to Praise His name.
He is always with us and never leaves us. When you know Jesus like this, you will find real fulfillment, happiness, and purpose that will always be found in a relationship with Him.
Jesus won’t give up on you. He won’t cast you out, or aside. He does not forget about you.
What we have all been desiring from life whether consciously or unconsciously is Jesus. Everything else is temporary. He is the only one who can be constant in this life, and in the next.