7 Questions That Rattle In The Minds Of Most Men

Day 4 of 7 • This day’s reading


It’s so easy to get stuck in the lie that God wants something from us, not for us. Maybe it’s your freedom or your fun or your money. You may even have spent entire seasons of your life rejecting God because you didn’t want his rules to ruin your fun.

In today’s verse, Jesus is telling his crowd of listeners that this mentality is backwards. It’s the “thief” that ruins and destroys. Maybe the thief is a career that drains you. Maybe it’s a culture that says you need to gamble your future to pay for a bunch of stuff you don’t need.

Maybe it’s your past, whispering that you’re still not good enough. Whatever it is for you, it’s there to steal your life.

Jesus came to give your life meaning and purpose. He’s not interested in taking anything away from you.

So our question for today is: Why am I here?

It’s built into us to want our lives to matter, to want to leave a legacy. The problem is, when most men define a meaningful life, their definitions don’t extend much beyond career and money.

So today, let’s consider a more complete picture of the full and meaningful life God wants for you. Here are five big buckets to think about. What would a full life be for you in each of these areas?

  • Self: What kind of emotions do you want to be known for? What do you want your physical health to be at age 70?
  • Marriage: What do you want your marriage to look like in 30 years?
  • Family: What kind of future relationship do you want to have with your grown children? Your siblings? Your parents?
  • Work: Am I doing what God has uniquely called me to do? Or is my daily work at least getting me to a place where I’m free to pursue that?
  • The Church: How am I participating in what God is up to in the world?


Spend time writing down your definition of a full life in each of the five areas outlined above. We’ll tackle next steps tomorrow.