Answering the question “What does it mean to be human?” To be alive. To have eyes to see and a mind to interpret what we see, think, and feel. It is recognizing that there is more to what we can comprehend. Becoming a Christian is realizing the above and know that what is incomprehensible is the unyielding love of God. Being human recognizes that it is a creation. Being a Christian recognizes the status of being a creation and the need for a Savior. Humanity searches for purpose. Christians search and find their identity in Jesus Christ.
“To live is Christ, to die is gain”
Being “human” refers to the action of being alive, mentally conscious, and in this case, in pursuit of the meaning of life. This insinuates that one is actively questioning what life means – “Who am I? Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going? What does it all mean?”— When a human asks these questions there can be two trajectories because what is actually occurring is the pursuit of one’s identity. The pathways will take the questioning human on either the course of looking inward or outward.
Looking inward— searching for meaning within themselves, and likely finding more questions about why things are the way that they are and other tangents of the like. All is not lost by looking inward because hopefully they find that the deeper they search, they’ll discover an emptiness and lacking that needs to be filled. A human will spend their entire life on a quest to fill the “void” within them. This quests breaks off into the human getting caught up in a perpetual cycle of “filling the void,” only to find another void in it’s place. Or, there could be the beautiful realization and desire to know their Creator.
Looking outward— this is a crucial fork in the road on their journey: the secular world or God. Human souls are broken over these two, and for good reason:
1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.
The human who chooses the secular world to find themselves will only be further lost and continue on their perpetual void-filling journey. The man who chooses God will find the hidden treasure.
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
God made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us.