30 Jan Nothing Matters
Nothing you have ever done matters. Yes, you read that correctly. Nothing you do matters. The philosophy of Nihilism suggests that nothing matters because life is meaningless. There is no objective meaning in the lives we lead, nor is there a moral truth.
It sounds shocking to say those words, but the possible reality of that belief system is even more troubling. Death is one reality we all know to be true. Between birth and that fateful day, life takes on many different forms.
Two very important people died earlier this week. One got world-wide attention, and the other did not. They both were followers of Jesus. All reports support Kobe Bryant to be a committed member of the Roman Catholic Church, but I did not know anything about that. Barbara Sheppard, on the other hand, I knew from personal experience was going on to be with Jesus. But that is not the whole story.
Kobe Bryant was a Hall of Fame basketball player with tons of accolades, including winning an Academy Award for the best animated short film he wrote, executive produced, and lent his voice to the project. He accomplished much in this life, but I do not know about the connection to his faith. This is where the nihilism comes into play.
Nothing matters. Only the things we do for Jesus matter to the King of Heaven. John tells us the Spirit spoke from heaven saying, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on! Yes, so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them” (Rev. 14:13). Those deeds are what Jesus does through us as willing partners. “In the Lord,” we do great and mighty things for the Kingdom.
Following Jesus is about much more than fire insurance. You know what I mean…the belief system rampant in the church today that suggests the only reason Jesus came was to get us out of hell. Not to get too theological here, but that message is not what Jesus was about. Jesus is not a Get Out of Jail Free card. Contrary to what you may hear, Jesus came to give us life…abundant life (John 10:10). Jesus gives us eternal life, but He also speaks life into our bodies right now.
So, how did we get here? Simply put, it is easier to make a faith journey about a decision. As a runner, fire insurance is me signing up for a race, getting to the starting line, and, as the starting gun fires, I step on the line, turn around, and go home. Technically, I was in the race, but I did not take part.
Barbara Sheppard finished her race 88 years after she started. I know that Jesus was at the center of her life. She loved her husband in this life and every day since he went ahead of her into the next. She passed her love of Jesus to her beloved family, and her legacy lives on in them and the fellow followers of Jesus who knew her.
At times, this life seems to be as the Nihilists describe it: devoid of meaning. But at a time like this, I hope we realize the meaning of this life is found in the living of it…living for Jesus, and everything we do for Him matters. We come to Jesus, knowing we are not enough on our own, and we learn we are enough with Him. You and I matter, and everything we do for the Kingdom lives on…forever.
Blessings to you,