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Something Missing? – Greg Laurie
Have you ever had one of those seemingly perfect moments
in life when everything just came together? You thought to
yourself, I always want it to be this way. But of course it
Or maybe you have certain goals in your life and think that once
you reach them, you will certainly be completely fulfilled.
Maybe you have even reached some of those goals. Maybe you have
reached many of them – or perhaps all of them – but still there
is something missing.
Then again, maybe you have thought, When I meet the right
person, that is going to solve everything. But now that you have
met the person – and maybe have gotten married – something is
still missing. Why is that? Because from the moment you were
born, you have been on a quest. You have been searching for
You were uniquely created in the image of God, and there is a
sense inside that life should have some kind of meaning and
purpose beyond mere existence. Maybe you have wondered if you
are the only person who feels that way. You aren't. Because deep
down inside, we all are searching.
No matter how successful or beautiful or wealthy, everyone is
searching. Madonna made this statement a while back: "I think a
few years ago I wasn't sure what I was on this earth for. I
think I was mostly concerned with getting things for myself.
More clothes, more money, more popularity and more boyfriends. I
wasn't really thinking; I was just doing. Then I woke up and
said, 'What am I on this earth for?' "
Sooner or later we begin to ask the big questions: What is the
meaning of life? Why am I here on this earth? Why do I exist?
What should my purpose in life be? We all have in us a desire to
achieve something, to make something of our lives. We all want
our lives to count for something bigger and better than
That desire for significance is not a bad thing. Here is what
the Bible says on the subject: "God 'will give to each person
according to what he has done.' To those who by persistence in
doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give
eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject
the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger"
(Romans 2:6–8 NIV).
It is interesting that in these verses the apostle Paul is
speaking approvingly of those who seek glory, honor and
immortality. God wired us that way. There is deep within our
souls a yearning to rise above the commonplace, the ordinary. We
Some people find that immortality, so to speak, through fame.
Then there are some who are famous just for being famous. Others
find a type of immortality through being infamous. Others try to
find immortality through prolonging their lives.
Immortality is not something we achieve, however. This may come
as a surprise, but it is something we already have. Every one of
us will live forever. The issue is where we will live forever.
The Bible has a lot to say about this topic. According to the
Scripture, we will never die – in a spiritual sense. Our bodies
will die, but our souls – the real you, the real me – will live
on forever. And this is what we want to think about. What
happens beyond the grave?
If you are a Christian, a person who has put his or her faith in
Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord, the Bible promises that
when you die, you will go to heaven. The moment you take your
last breath on earth, you will take your first breath in heaven.
That is God's promise. When Christians lose a loved one who is
also a Christian, they feel sorrow like anyone else would. But
they have the assurance they will see that loved one again. The
apostle Paul said, "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is
gain" (Philippians 1:21 NIV).
But what about the unbeliever? What about the one who says no to
Jesus Christ? What happens when they die? They, too, are
immortal. They, too, live forever. But where? We find the answer
in Revelation 20:13–15: "The sea gave up the dead that were in
it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and
each person was judged according to what he had done. Then death
and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is
the second death. If anyone's name was not found written in the
book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire."
Everyone will have to face death. And it won't matter whether
you are a millionaire or a billionaire or a rock star or a
well-known politician or a president or a king or a queen or a
movie star. Those things won't matter on the other side. Death
is the great equalizer, and we all will stand before God. Anyone
who has been exposed to the truth of God's laws will be held
responsible. And knowledge brings responsibility.
God owes us no explanations. And the main issue will come down
to this: What did you do with Jesus Christ? Because the Bible
says of Jesus, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is
no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be
saved" (Acts 4:12 NIV). Only Jesus was fully God and fully man.
C. S. Lewis said, "The Son of God became a man that men might
become sons of God."
And that is why His death was necessary. Every one of us has
sinned, but Jesus died in our place. He paid a debt he did not
owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay. God did not create
hell for people; it was created for the devil and his angels. In
fact, God took radical measures to keep us out of hell. But
because he is just and holy, the sin issue had to be settled.
God wants you in heaven. But if you end up separated from him
for eternity, you will have no one to blame on that final day
but yourself – because you will not have been sent there by God
as much as you will have sent yourself there by ignoring his
offer of salvation.
John 1:12 Yet to all who
received Him (Jesus), to those who believed in His name, He gave
the right to become children of God.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the
life. No one comes to the Father except through Me”.
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His One and
Only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have
==IF YOU BELIEVE, BE SAVED OR BORN SPIRITUALLY SAY THIS PRAYER-
God, I know I’m a sinner. I believe that Jesus is
Your eternal Son. That He stepped out of Heaven to become a man
to die for our sin and rose again on the third day. I repent or
turn away from my sin and I ask You to forgive me.
Reading the Bible’s book of John is a good place to start in
this new life.
The Narrow Gate
Matthew 7:13 "You can enter God's Kingdom only through the
narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide
for the many who choose the easy way. 14 But the gateway
to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever