The Most Important Questions: A Matter of Life and Death

To be sure, there are many questions in life which ignorance of—or indifference to—the answer matter not at all.  Here are a few examples:

  • Why do “fat chance” and “slim chance” mean the same thing?
  • Why are there Interstates in Hawaii?
  • Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

However, there are questions that we simply cannot afford to misunderstand or ignore!

  • “How then can a man be righteous before God?” (Job 25:4, NIV)
  • “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  (Luke 18:18)
  • “What must I do to be saved?”  (Acts 16:30)

Did you know that everyone asks questions like these?  It’s true!  Everyone is looking for their source of salvation and significance, whether they consciously recognize it or not.  Some look for it in their work; others in relationships; still others in their hobbies.  These things occupy our minds, consume our time, and absorb our resources.  By nature, we hold idolatrous affections for things smaller than God.  These things are often good things—ministry, our children, charitable giving, good health, a clean house—that we have allowed to become ultimate things. 

Looking to any object other than God for happiness and fulfillment is looking for salvation in a “functional savior,” as our Pastor Tullian has so clearly explained.  And make no mistake: everyone is looking to some sort of functional savior(s) until Jesus shows up. 

Take a moment to prayerfully consider what some of your “functional saviors” might be.  Here is a quick self-examination.

I am preoccupied with _________________________.

I would be happy if I could only get _______________.

I would be absolutely shattered if I lost ____________.

When I daydream, my mind goes to _______________.

I get my sense of significance from ________________. 

I get up early for ________________ and stay up late for ________________.

The greatest love in my life is the love I feel for ____________.

Zacchaeus had his money, Peter his fishing, and Paul his religion . . . before Jesus showed up and changed them all from the inside out.  Jesus reoriented their lives with the truth of the Gospel, a truth that would be clearly demonstrated in changed lives that all the world could see.

So . . . what is your answer to this most important question?  Paul and Silas answered it this way: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31).  Peter explained, “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

You see, functional saviors can never do for us what only Jesus can do.  You have been created by God, for God, and you will never be able to get from created things what only the Creator can give you.  This is the Gospel.  This is grace for your race.  NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!



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