Personal Aims

Go down the streets of any city in any country and put these questions to a dozen people. The answers will surprise you. Ask them:

* What is your aim in life, your objectives, your goal?
* When--one day--you lie on your deathbed how will you measure your life to see if it has been a success or not?
* Where will you go when you die? Do you know? Do you care?

I can assure you the results of such an experiment will amaze you. Many people will be unwilling or unable to answer such questions. And of those who do you will hear something like this:

* "My aim is to enjoy myself: to eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow I may die." "My aim is to make as much money as I can, to become a millionaire." "My aim is to become famous, to see my name in lights." Or: "I have no aims, in fact I never give the matter much thought. I take each day as it comes."
* I have absolutely no idea where I am going: and to tell you the truth I don't care. Does anybody really know?

How very few will answer like this:

* "My aim is to inherit eternal life; to enter the eternal Kingdom of God."
* "My aim is to do my Father's will and to finish the work He has given me to do."
* "When I die my spirit will return to God who gave it."

There is another group, and perhaps you are one of them. They are those who believe in God but who do not have ready answers to such questions. Many are too poor, too weak, too burdened down with life's problems to have given much thought to personal aims or the after life. What can I say to them--to you? I will quote the Bible to you because it contains a message of enormous worth for all of us.

James 2:5 says, "Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?"

In other words, the Almighty God of the Universe has promised the Kingdom of Heaven to the poor of this world, the poor who were strangers in a strange land, the poor who found no rest, the poor who faithfully sought after Him who loves them. You will agree that it is an enormous reward for such little outlay. Can you be rich in faith and learn to love God? I'm sure you can. Like an infant in the womb, faith starts very, very small. But it grows and grows as it feeds on the Word of God. Will you do that? Will you take that first step towards the Kingdom of Heaven? It's up to you. It's up to you.

Potential Heir of the Kingdom, will you decide to dedicate your life to God?


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