We can't forget this

If you've ever attended one of my missions, you know how I begin. "By the time you walk out of this Church tonight, you will have the answer to the world's most pressing question, namely, 'What is the meaning of life?'" 

I repeat that another time (or two) for effect, but really, there's no need. Most everyone wants to know what I'm going to say.

But I say nothing new - nothing we already haven't heard in those pews before.

Making our way through the Bible that first evening, we find ourselves at the foot of the cross, and there, we re-discover the answer. The answer the world desperately wants to know:

"Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." (Matt. 16:24)

We can't forget this...

The meaning of life is to give ourselves away, to die to ourselves and follow Jesus.

This is not merely a clever saying. Jesus did not give us other options. This is our purpose. This is our life.

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