How Jesus Gives Your Life Meaning that Lasts Forever
He is risen!
The other day I woke up with the following words running through my mind.
“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?”
Luke wrote this account of Resurrection Morning:
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They went in but did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood by them in dazzling clothes. So the women were terrified and bowed down to the ground.Luke 24:1–6a (CSB)
“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” asked the men. “He is not here, but he has risen!
I wonder if today, we might also ask it like this . . . why are you looking for meaning among the meaningless?
Solomon said that it’s “like chasing the wind.”
I have also learned why people work so hard to succeed: it is because they envy the things their neighbors have. But it is useless. It is like chasing the wind.Ecclesiastes 4:4
But when I turned to look at all that I had accomplished and all the hard work I had put into it, I saw that it was all pointless. It was like trying to catch the wind.Ecclesiastes 2:11
Still, that’s what we do. We spend day after day chasing popularity, success, power, beauty, wealth, and status. We invest countless hours pursuing things that can’t last when we really want something that gives life meaning that lasts.
For the longest time, Solomon’s words bothered me. I didn’t want to think my efforts were meaningless, that I might be focused on things that are unimportant, or wasting time on foolishness.
But eventually, I realized that I had to take a closer look at the things I was chasing?
We live in the temporary. Things are always changing. The Bible tells us that we are merely stewards of our health, our work, our relationships, and our gifts and abilities.
Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people.Colossians 3:23 (CSB)
Why? Because that is to be our response to all that the Lord has done for us.
God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times pastRomans 3:25
Today we celebrate this truth . . . truth that gives life meaning that lasts forever.
He is risen! He is risen indeed!
Solomon also wrote:
I know that everything God does will last forever; there is no adding to it or taking from it. God works so that people will be in awe of Him.Ecclesiastes 3:14 (CSB)
God makes it possible for us to find meaning in the meaningful truth of Jesus that never fails and never ends.
A Prayer Asking God to Give Life Meaning that Lasts
Father, forgive me. I can so easily look for the “living among the dead.” I can look for meaning in the things that cannot last. I get caught up in the things the world calls important and end up “chasing the wind.” The enemy wants me to believe that a meaningful life includes power, influence, wealth, and beauty. But Jesus said that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life that gives my life the meaning You planned for me.
He showed us the blessings You want for the people You created . . . blessings of hope, joy, peace, freedom, love, and life that lasts forever. Please help me focus my heart and mind on You, Lord. Help me SEEK You that You might give my life meaning. Help me love You completely. Help me love others the way You want me to love them.
Thank you for Jesus who gives me life. Thank you for Your Spirit who gives me faith. Thank you for Your grace and mercy. Thank you for Your forgiveness and love. Thank you, Father, You give my life meaning that lasts forever. Amen.
I don’t believe anyone wants to waste time “chasing the wind.” Yet, I wonder how many of us do just that without even realizing it.
What a blessing to know that God loves us so much, He provided the way for us to have a meaningful life that lasts. He gave Jesus who said:
“I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.”John 11:25
May God bless you today as you continue to celebrate the gift of Jesus who gives life meaning today, tomorrow, and always.
We would love to pray for you.
You can leave your prayer requests here…
and even take a few minutes to pray over the list left by our friends.
Never Miss an Update
Leave your email address and I’ll send you a short email every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to alert you to each new devotion. Plus you’ll receive a copy of 30 Ways to Bless Your Marriage and Keep the Spark Burning
I always enjoy hearing from you! Please take a minute to say ‘hi” and share your thoughts in the comments below.
And if this article blessed or helped you today — would you share it with someone? Maybe a friend, family member, coworker, or through the links below…
What a blessing you are to me each morning.
Thank you, Claire! I am blessed by your kind encouragement. God be with you!
If we don’t place Jesus first in our lives, everything we do or think is important is exactly like chasing the wind, Deb. Love your new signature!
Our Creator made us and wants us to be filled and fulfilled with His love that lasts forever. He created us and wants us to experience the blessing of living a meaningful life filled with His love. Thanks for your encouragement, my friend! Blessings and hugs!
I absolutely loved reading this post, Deb! I love how you rephrased this for us – why are we looking for meaning among the meaningless? What a thought to meditate on today as we rejoice again that our Savior is not among the dead, but the Living!
Thank you so much! God bless you!
I just love this ,” Giving the meaning to our lives”
Very true how often we find ourselves looking for meaning amongst the meaningless ! May God help us to look for meanings from the one who makes all things meaningful…Jesus. For the way of the Cross is foolishness to those who are perishing but power of God to us who believes. Thanks for the insights.
Thank you, John! I’m so glad you visited and joined the conversation. Thanks for sharing 1 Corinthians 1:18. What a blessing to be filled with His power and love. God bless you!
It is so easy to get wrapped up in the things of this world. When I was younger my life revolved around material things that brought me temporary satisfaction. Now that I am older I have little desire for things but every desire for Jesus. I believe this is a human lesson we all have to learn. As you said things are temporary but Jesus is eternal. I don’t need much anymore. A dwelling, food and something to wear. God provides this for me, as he provides everything else. I have been so graced and blessed. Thank you Deb for the reminder of what is truly important.
Hi, Marilyn. Your words are so full of truth and wisdom. I am so thankful this lesson is one that the Lord continues teaching us . . . even when we can be slow and reluctant learners. But oh, the blessings, when it finally takes root in our lives. God bless you, Friend!