What am I living my life for? What is salvation?

No matter what your life looks like right now, there is an answer waiting for you. No matter how big the hole in your heart is, there is something that can fill it to overflowing. Want to know what that is?

I'm hungry for more in life.

Is your spirit rumbling? Do you hunger for something more in life? Is there a space deep inside of you that can never seems to be satisfied? If so, we have just the thing! Jesus said, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty" (John 6:35).

I'm confused about my life.

Have you been looking for the right path or real purpose in your life, but you can never seem to pin it down? Does it feel like someone threw a bag over your head, spun you around, and left you alone to find your way? If so, we have an answer for you! Jesus said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8:12).

Nothing good ever happens to me.

Do you ever feel like everyone gets the great things while you're stuck with the leftovers? Have been opening doors and looking inside, only to find that there's nothing meaningful there? Do you want to have a fulfilling life—not just go through every day in survival mode? If so, we know how to get what you want! Jesus said, "I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture" (John 10:9).

Nobody really cares about me.

Have your friendships been disappointing and just plain empty? Do you feel like everybody is taking advantage of you? If so, we know just the friend for you! Jesus said, "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me" (John 10:11, 14).

What's the point of living if we just die at the end anyway?

What happens after this life is over? There's no point in living for things that don't last, so why live at all? Do you wonder if your live will ever have any meaning? What if you could go on living in a state of eternal joy after you die? If this is what you want, we can tell you how! Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die" (John 11:25-26).

Are you sensing a theme here? What is the way to a joyful life? What is the truth about why we exist? What is the point of life? There's only one answer: Jesus Christ. "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).

That hunger in your soul is a spiritual hunger and can only be filled by Jesus. That darkness in your heart can only be chased out by Jesus. That satisfying life you desire can only be given by Jesus. That meaningful friendship you have always wanted, with someone who will never let you down, can only by filled by Jesus.

Jesus is the life—both in this world and the next. Jesus is the way of salvation!

The reason you hunger, the reason darkness overwhelms you, the reason you're struggling to find meaning in life, is because you are separated from God by an evil that goes way back to the beginning of humankind. The Bible says that everybody has sinned; no one is excused from the punishment for their evil. Because of this, we were separated from God (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:23) because God cannot stand sin.

The empty space in your heart is the result of God being missing from your life. We were made to have a relationship with God, but because of our sin and our separation, we are cursed beings (Romans 6:23; John 3:36). But! There's a solution to this problem that's so easy it's kind of crazy.

Jesus.

Jesus took your sin and made Himself guilty of it (2 Corinthians 5:21). He died for you so that you wouldn't have to suffer (Romans 5:8). He took the punishment that you actually deserved. You (and every sin you have ever done or will do in the future) were on His mind as He hung on the cross, bleeding to death, in unimaginable physical pain. Then He did something that we could never do: He came back to life and proved that sin and death would never, ever hold Him down (Romans 6:4-5).

Why would Jesus die for me?

Jesus answered that question Himself: "Greater love has no one than this: that he lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). Jesus is your friend, He loves you dearly, and He died so that you could live a life with meaning on earth and a life of eternal joy after death!

If you believe that Jesus did this for you, and you trust that His death served as the payment for every sin that has or will be acted out in your life, then every bad thing you have ever done will be forgiven by God and your record will be wiped totally clean.

Your spiritual hunger will be satisfied. The lights will be turned on. You will see the path to a fulfilling life. You will recognize your true best friend who will never let you down. You will know that you can have life after you die—a resurrected life in heaven for eternity with Someone who loves you more than you could ever love anyone or anything.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life."
—John 3:16







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Lona is a 25-year old Christian author from Tennessee whose first book, Continuer in Christ, was published in 2012. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Professional Christian Counseling. Lona has a colorful background as a journalist, youth minister, professional actress, tour guide, and currently a college tutor. She loves to spend time with her husband and dogs.