Our laboratory computer system was not working and I needed the assistance of an IT consultant. I experienced similar episodes in the past and was familiar with the usual protocols that IT consultants follow. By the time the consultant called, I attempted to save time by sharing what I had already accomplished.
“I rebooted the computer…twice. I have also rebooted the router. So what questions do you want to ask me?”
“Well it seems like you have answered all the usual questions.” The IT consultant jocularly fed me lines. “What’s the meaning of life?”
“Is that all?” I quickly retorted. “I thought you were going to ask me a difficult question!”
I was about to direct the discussion to Jesus Christ but was aware we were both on tight schedules, so I added, “You know, I would love to talk to you about the meaning of life when we have more time. Really.”
We concluded our phone conversation. The opportunity to talk about life never resurfaced as the consultant switched jobs and a new consultant serviced my account. Perhaps the question was raised in jest, but it is a question that everyone must answer for themselves.
And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Mark 10:17 (ESV)
The rich young man asked Jesus the same question. He was confident that he was doing all the right things to gain eternal life. And yet, when Jesus told him the Truth, what did he do?
And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
Mark 10:21 (ESV)
When given the Truth, did he act upon it? No. He slinked away, realizing that the cost was too high. Perhaps he regretted even asking the question, because now that he had the answer, what would he do with it?
For many years, the same question would be asked of me. My answer to the questioner was either flippant and nonsensical, “Life is one hand clapping!” or, like so many in this politically correct and non-confrontational world, polite, “We should all try to get along with each other and live in harmony.”
But there was a nagging tugging at my heart. What if God truly did exist? What would that mean for me? If I knew the Truth, what would I do with it? Thanks be to God that by His grace and mercy, He led me to know the saving grace and mercy of His Son, Jesus Christ.
I don’t know the spiritual condition of my IT consultant but I pray that someday we will have this conversation and I can give him the answer that God has so emphatically and decisively answered for me.
What’s the meaning of life?
Call upon and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.