The Reason We Live For

Been wondering lately why we live, especially as a Christian, what is the point of my being here? Can’t He just take me home now?

Looking over my notes from today’s sermons at Emmanuel and the answer to my question is plain.

In the morning we looked at Isaiah 61:1-3:

The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor,
and the day of vengeance of our God;
to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.
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From this Jon brought out 3 main points:
  1. Christ: The Anointed. We are assured that Christ could never had sinned, he was perfect. Shrouded in humanity (a potential for imperfection), through Spirit of the LORD’s power, he was absolutely sinless.
  2. Christ: The Proclaimer… People were compelled to listen to Christ, he obviously wasn’t just some crazy lunatic! Through his words, Jesus preached the church into existence: The foolishness of the cross turned the world upside-down. Again, he did this through the Spirit of the LORD.
  3. …To Us. This message is specifically aimed at the poor in Spirit, the broken-hearted, those humble. It is awful what life does to us, but we look to a Spirit-empowered Christ who dealt with the real problem: sin.
So firstly, the reason Christ lived was to save us through the Spirit of the LORD. This is a good starting point to see what my life is for.
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Then this evening Jon brought 2 Samuel 6. Again, there were 3 points:
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  1. God’s People are Called to Place Worship at the Centre of Their Lives.
  2. God’s People have to be Concerned for the Conformity of Worship.
  3. God’s People Must Avoid Being Contemptuous at Worship.
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I’m not going to put my notes for these, but the point was that the purpose of my life is the same as Christ’s. Just as Christ came to honour his Father, to glorify Him, this also is my reason for living! The whole point of my life is to know, to believe, to tell, to live, to cry out that Jesus Christ is Lord. As the first of the Westminster Catechism states:
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The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
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That is my purpose. All I need to do now is shut up, get up and keep living!
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Dan.
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PS. Loving this song at the moment: Until the Whole World Hears (Casting Crowns)
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