The meaning of LIFE: What and where is the source?

What is our purpose on this earth? Is our definition here on earth perpetually to chase money and material possessions? That is all I see today when I stop and look around. What is the meaning of life? What is the point of life if all you ever do is chase money?

At one stage, I realised that the rat race was real. The hamster wheel was not just a meme but was happening daily. Everyone is chasing fulfilment through drink, drugs, entertainment, pornography, hobbies, sports, etc., but never finding it.

On some days, I question why God chose to speak his word in layers of understanding and misunderstandings. But as I went deeper into searching for him, it became clear. God weeds out all except those who seek and love him—obedient to him.

The modern definition of life

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  1. the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.
  2. the existence of an individual human being or animal.

This Bible verse embodies the dictionary’s definition of “life”.

And these are the years of the life of Ishmael, an hundred and thirty and seven years: and he gave up the ghost and died; and was gathered unto his people.

Genesis 25:17 (KJV)

The scriptural definition of life

The scriptures often have understandings beyond the obvious. If it didn’t, everyone would understand it, but anyone who has tried would know this is not the case. Life is a core theme of the words of God; therefore, speaking on it is a must.

The following examples show that life is not merely being alive in the flesh but has a more profound meaning. In addition to the following illustrations, these verses also convey the message: John 10:10 and John 6:48.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 1:4 (KJV)

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 14:6 (KJV)

Here we see that the “life” in Jesus is the guiding light necessary to lead men to the Father. God sent Jesus to lead us to him, who is the source of life. The life in question is beyond the physical, which most people search for but desire without submitting to God.

The meaning of life

Plant starting life: The meaning of life

Time is a great healer, but time is also a great awakener. Taking the time for introspection and considering your life for most will inevitably surface questions. Finding lasting meaning in your life is complicated, even impossible, with carnal possessions or relationships.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1 Corinthians 15:22 (KJV)

11. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

1 John 5:11-12 (KJV)

There is the temptation to give a carnal definition of the meaning of life, but it will lead to nothing. The preceding verses indicate something more spiritual and substantive but not carnal. Many people have realised that life is not complete without a spiritual connection. Consequently, many deceptions have arisen around this fact. But this always falls short until one is willing to step out in faith—take the leap.

A further understanding

We are seeking fulfilment, but there is no fulfilment without God. Nothing can fill you unless it is your creator. God is the only one who provides peace and joy, also giving meaning to your life. What one would desire now is to see this evidence. I derive comfort from the scriptures because it details past, present and future events. It also states that the wicked will not understand despite having the same information. And incredibly, this is the case.

The source of life is God—the meaning of life is God.

The difficulty around this subject is that to experience God is God’s choosing.

37. However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.

38. For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will.

39. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day.

John 6:37-39 NLT, KJV

Going even deeper

Life is the spirit of God

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Luke 1:35 KJV

Jesus was given and surrounded by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God is God. God is a spirit (John 4:24, Revelation 4:5).

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

Matthew 4:1 KJV

The Spirit led Jesus throughout his time on earth, and God gave it to him without limits. God lent himself to his Son.

For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

John 3:34 KJV

There is life in Jesus, and that life was the light of men. The Holy Spirit was in Jesus; therefore, God was in Jesus. God is the life and the light of men.

In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 1:4 (KJV)

Life is God


The casual reader or hearer of the scriptures will never capture the meaning of it. In addition, this same fate befalls the worldly, intelligent or educated. No amount of studying the scriptures will get you the understanding, but only those who submit to God.

To obtain life and find the meaning of life, one has to embrace God. Finally, God is not found in religion but in keeping his commands. Only one can show you the way to God, and that is his Son. But his Son came in the name of his Father.

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