What do I have to live for?

You may not want to go to sleep tonight; or if you do, you wonder what the point is of waking up tomorrow. Sometimes life seems so meaningless; sometimes it feels like you don’t feel like living anymore because your life is filled with so many problems and your heart is weighed down and heavy and sad; your heart feels like a big rock.

There is a reason to live; and that reason is Jesus Christ.

so he explained it to them: “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them. Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” – John 10:7-10

“Haddaba Ciise ayaa mar kale ku yidhi, Runtii, runtii, waxaan idinku leeyahay, Waxaan ahay illinka iduhu ka soo galaan. Kuwii hortay yimid oo dhammu waa tuugag iyo waxdhacayaal, iduhuse ma maqlin. Waxaan ahay illinka, haddii qof uun xaggayga ka soo galo, wuu badbaadi doonaa, wuuna soo geli doonaa oo bixi doonaa, daaq buuna heli doonaa. Tuuggu wax kale uma yimaado inuu wax xado oo dilo oo halleeyo mooyaane, aniguse waxaan u imid inay nolosha haystaan oo ay badnaan u haystaan.”

Jesus told us to take care of the poor and the helpless; Jesus told us to encourage those who have no hope; Jesus told us look for the lost sheep and to bring them home. Here is a what Jesus said in the Bible about life and what makes life worth living.

““But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

“Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons. For I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’

“Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’

“And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’

“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.” – Matthew 25:31-46

“Goortii Wiilka Aadanahu ammaantiisa ku yimaado, isaga iyo malaa’igaha oo dhan, markaasuu carshiga ammaantiisa ku fadhiisan doonaa. Quruumaha oo dhan ayaa hortiisa lagu soo ururin doonaa oo wuxuu u kala sooci doonaa mid mid sida adhijirku u kala sooco idaha iyo riyaha. Idaha wuxuu joojin doonaa midigtiisa, riyahana bidixdiisa. Markaasaa Boqorku kuwa midigtiisa jooga ku odhan doonaa, Kaalaya, kuwa Aabbahay barakeeyeyow, oo dhaxla boqortooyada tan iyo aasaaskii dunida laydiin diyaargareeyey. Waayo, waan gaajooday oo cuntaad i siiseen, waan harraadsanaa oo waad i waraabiseen, qariib baan ahaa oo waad i soo dhoweeyseen, waan qaawanaa oo dhar baad i huwiseen, waan bukay oo waad i soo booqateen, xabsi baan ku jiray oo waad ii timaadeen. Markaasaa kuwa xaqa ahu u jawaabi doonaan iyagoo leh, Sayidow, goormaannu ku aragnay adigoo gaajaysan oo aannu cunto ku siinnay, ama adigoo harraadsan oo aannu ku waraabinnay? Goormaannu ku aragnay adigoo qariib ah oo aannu ku soo dhowaynay ama adigoo qaawan oo aannu wax ku huwinnay? Goormaannu ku aragnay adigoo buka ama adigoo xabsi ku jira oo aannu kuu nimid? Markaasaa Boqorkii u jawaabi doonaa oo ku odhan doonaa, Runtii waxaan idinku leeyahay, In alla intaad u samayseen mid ka mid ah walaalahaygan u yaryar, waad ii samayseen.

Markaasuu kuwa bidixdiisa jooga ku odhan doonaa, Kuwa yahow inkaaranu, iga taga oo gala dabka weligiis ah kan Ibliiska iyo malaa’igihiisa loo diyaargareeyey. Waayo, waan gaajooday, cuntona ima aydnaan siin, waan harraadsanaa, imana aydnaan waraabin. Qariib baan ahaa, imana aydnaan soo dhowayn, waan qaawanaa, dharna ima aydnaan huwin, waanan bukay oo xabsi ku jiray oo ima aydnaan soo booqan. Iyaguna markaasay u jawaabi doonaan oo ku odhan doonaan, Sayidow, goormaannu ku aragnay adigoo gaajaysan ama harraadsan ama qariib ah ama qaawan ama buka ama xabsi ku jira oo aannu ku kalmayn waynay? Markaasuu u jawaabi doonaa oo ku odhan doonaa, Runtii waxaan idinku leeyahay, In alla intaad u samayn weydeen mid ka mid ah kuwan u yaryar, anigana waad ii samayn weydeen. Kuwanuna waxay geli doonaan taqsiirta weligeed ah, kuwa xaqa ahuse waxay geli doonaan nolosha weligeed ah.”

When you are tired and lonely and don’t have anymore hope in your heart; when you have been trampled in the dust and this world has walked all over you and it is a miracle that you are still alive; then reach out your hand and your heart and cry out to the Lord Jesus Christ because He cares about you and wants you as His own.

One day somewhere in India there were 30 Christian families who were standing in front of a mosque and they were surrounded by 500 hundred Muslims. The Muslims were yelling at the Christians to give up their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and to return to Islam. One of the Christian families was a new family to believe in Jesus Christ and this made the Muslim crowd the most angry.

The father on the family said to the Muslim leaders: “In your religion you do not have the hope of heaven; now because of my faith in Jesus Christ I know that I have life and that I am going to heaven because Jesus has forgiven all of my sins.”

The Christian families were no longer allowed to go to the well in the village to get water; they had to walk far to get their water. The police attacked and beat some of the Christians. When the Christians were in prison some of the other prisoners said that it was good that they were Christians because Christians liked to live in peace with one another. The Christian families did not give up their faith because they knew that Jesus had died on the cross for their sins, and that Jesus rose from the dead to give them eternal life. So they continued believing in Jesus.

So if you are one of those people who thinks that there is no reason to live; if you believe that life is over for you and there is no hope; look up and you will see that Jesus is standing there with His arms open for you waiting to receive you into his life. Jesus will never leave you and He will never forsake you.

You will find Jesus in the face of those who you are helping. Life is worth living because Jesus is alive and is your friend. Life is worth living to be close to Him and to know that you are serving Him. Life is worth living because Jesus is life so when you seek Jesus Christ and follow Him you have life.

For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.” – John 5:21-27

“Sida Aabbuhu kuwa dhintay u kiciyo oo u nooleeyo ayuu Wiilkuna sidaas oo kale u nooleeyaa kuwuu doonayo. Aabbuhu ninna ma xukumo, laakiin xukunka oo dhan wuxuu siiyey Wiilka, in dadka oo dhammu Wiilka maamuuso siday Aabbaha u maamuusaan. Kii aan Wiilka maamuusi, ma maamuuso Aabbaha soo diray.

Runtii, runtii, waxaan idinku leeyahay, Kii ereygayga maqla oo rumaysta kii i soo diray, wuxuu leeyahay nolosha weligeed ah, xukunna geli maayo, laakiin dhimashadii ayuu ka soo gudbay oo nolosha u soo gudbay. Runtii, runtii, waxaan idinku leeyahay, Saacaddu waa imanaysaa, waana joogtaa, markii kuwii dhintay codkii Wiilka Ilaah ay maqli doonaan, oo kuwa maqlaana way noolaan doonaan. Sida Aabbuhu nolol isugu leeyahay, sidaasuu Wiilka u siiyey inuu nolol isugu lahaado. Wuxuuna siiyey amar uu wax ku xukumo, maxaa yeelay, waa Wiilka Aadanaha.”

So don’t think that you can find life by reading a religious book; you can learn a lot of things from a book but you cannot get life from a book. You can only get life from God. And this is what Jesus said about getting life:

“You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.”

“Idinkuna codkiisa ma maqlin goornaba, mana aydnaan arkin muuqiisa. Mana haysataan ereygiisa oo idinku sii jira, waayo, kii uu soo diray waad rumaysan weydeen. Qorniinka ayaad baadhaan, waayo, waxaad u malaynaysaan inaad nolosha weligeed ah ka helaysaan, waana iyaga kuwa ii marag furayaa. Idinkuna dooni maysaan inaad ii timaadaan inaad nolol lahaataan.”

Even if you are alive you do not have life unless you have Jesus in your heart; even if you are living on the earth that does not mean you will live after you die and leave this earth; you will only have life when you accept Jesus Christ into your heart as you Lord and Saviour.

Let us pray…

 

 

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