Now farewell World, in which is not my Treasure,
I have in thee enjoy'd but little Pleasure.
And now I leave thee for a better Place,
Where lasting Pleasures are before CHRIST's Face.
In my last post I explored how the Biblical account of creation offers a solid foundation for understanding your purpose for existence. I argued, briefly, that if there is a Creator then there is a a cohesive design for the universe. All is intentional. But if there is no creator, if this world is a random and mathematically impossible accident, then there is no ultimate purpose, plan or moral standard. Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow is pointless anyway…
Most people can’t answer these questions with any degree of certainty - which is really a problem. How can a question that basic to your day-to-day existence be neglected? Answer: We’re just too distracted to care. It’s on the deathbed that many panic at the sharp reality of this unexplored mystery. We graze like cattle on pleasure, work, ambition, until years pass by, the purpose of it all being still just as mysterious.
It haunts others. By God’s grace, it has haunted me since college. I was on the way to getting my degree, a job, a spouse, and a reputation. But for what? What ultimate reason was there for my ambition? As Socrates says, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” Let’s examine.
Gathering men, I’m very thankful for you. You are my brothers in arms in the battle against this present darkness (Eph. 6:12).
Some of that darkness that is present right now is that we are living in an age of apathy and busyness as men. We can be involved in a hundred different things at one time (busyness), and yet be deeply distracted and indifferent about things that matter imminently (apathy).