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Truth Inspired With Hope: Life to the Full

30-09-2018

What is your purpose? Ariel found a fork and a pipe. She didn’t know their purpose. Scuttle, her seagull friend, acted like he knew all sorts of things he didn’t really know. He instructed her to use the fork as a comb and the pipe as a musical instrument! That’s funny for us watching because we know the truth. Under the sea, it was inconsequential for Ariel to know the true purpose of a fork or a pipe. BUT! When she came to have dinner with people who regularly used forks and pipes, when it came to communicating with them and building a relationship with them, not knowing the purpose of a fork and a pipe was disastrous!
What is my purpose? Of what use am I? What was I designed for? To glorify God and enjoy him forever! This is actually the first question in the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechism, foundational documents for the Reformation in England. They start at the right place! What is our purpose? What is the meaning of life? To glorify God and enjoy him forever. - starts with to know God!
Our culture is lost, lonely, depressed and anxious; hopeless. We talked about this last week. We are no longer just “Post-Modern” but “Post-Truth.” Even if there is objective truth out there, we no longer care. All we care about is how we feel and what we prefer. This leaves us with no sense of purpose in life beyond what we can make of it. Heroic attempts to make a good life for oneself, but it’s like combing your hair with a fork. It’s fooling when you know what the real purpose is.
How did this start? How did we get so far? We have abandoned God. No wonder we don’t know where we are going! We have abandoned our purpose and design. We are pipes being blown on hoping to make a musical sound. Instead we are just blowing ash in one another’s face!
Our society needs truth infused with hope. Last Sunday, Henry Xie came to speak with me after the service. He’s in med school and he did a unit on psychology in Calgary – only indicator for suicide? Hopelessness! We are in desperate need of hope. We are in desperate need of the Truth.
People are falling for all sorts of other answers to the meaning of life, investing heavily in other answers such as money, fame, success, comfort, popularity, family, friends and the like. Investing heavily in terms of time, money and hope. Ultimately not up to the task of brining meaning to life!
Jesus spoke a lot about life. In John’s Gospel in particular there are lots of instances where Jesus speaks of eternal life, life to the full, that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, etc. Let’s see what he has to say in John 10 about being the gate and the good shepherd.

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