Have you ever wondered why you are here? Have you ever gazed to the heavens and asked the Almighty, “What am I supposed to do?” I bet most of us have at some point or another, and if you haven’t, your day is coming. We all come to a moment of desperation at some point or another and question the meaning of it all.
Why is that? What drives us to that point of desperation? Most of us are so busy with the things of life that we don’t recognize the warning signs of desperation until we’re already there. And maybe that’s the problem. Is it possible that in our “pursuit of happiness” as we go from one pleasure to the next, that we look up and realize there are few earthly pleasures left to consume? What then? What do you do when you’ve experienced all the indulgence, all the recreation that this world can offer, and are still left wanting? It is here where many of us cry out to God and beg for the answer to the question: What am I supposed to do? And don’t think that this is a malady exclusive to non-believers; Christians frequently fall into this trap.
We believers have the answer, but we don’t always perceive it. And it is much less a matter of doing something, and more a matter of being something. What do I mean? Here’s the difference between doing and being. I can pull my car into my garage, get out my tools, check my fluids, clean the posts on my battery, air up my tires, check to see that my plug wires are connected firmly, and even replace a spark plug if needed. But I’m no mechanic. I can do things that make me look like a mechanic to others, but in the end I can’t fix anything substantial. I’m not a mechanic. But if I take it down to a real mechanic, he can pretty much fix whatever problem that happens because he is a mechanic. It is a part of his being.
So, what should we be? Jesus has already told us. “You are the salt of the earth” Matthew 5:13 (ESV). “You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:14 (ESV). We must be something before we can do anything. To be light, to be salt, means that our very existence makes a difference in the world around us. The fact that we are light and that we are salt means that our existence will shine light into dark places and will leave people thirsting as salt tends to do. In other words, in these metaphors Jesus is trying to tell us that if we belong to Him, our very nature will be changed. Our being will be transformed into something new.
If my being is undergoing transformation, then what am I supposed to do? Or perhaps better put, what doings should flow out of my new being? As our being is transformed (through the renewing of our minds – Romans 12:2) we naturally start to do the things God has called us to (Ephesians 2:10). Even in the midst of failures and setbacks, we are still progressively moving forward in a transformation that will be completed when we finally see Jesus face to face. And the more our being is transformed in this world, the more our doing will align with what God desires.
So back to the question: What am I supposed to do? Answer: be the light. Be an example of the hope that is found in Christ. Be the salty person that Christ is recreating you to be. Let your mind be transformed by His word so that the new being He is creating will be nourished. What does that mean? It means that instead of pursuing a happiness that is based in temporary things, pursue a happiness that is grounded in eternal things. Desperation only comes when hope is exhausted. If Christ is your hope, not only will you have an inexhaustible hope, but you’ll have enough hope overflowing that others will see it and take notice! Want to rediscover your reason for living? Make Christ your hope, and then let him transform you and redeem the darkest corners of your life. Then you will be a light for others and demonstrate the power of Jesus through the witness of a transformed being. You will become a beacon of hope.