Very early in our language development, human beings begin to ask questions that give evidence to our level of personal maturity. The first level is marked by the oft repeated word, "Why?" While it may seem that the little one is deliberately trying to test the patience of the adult to whom the question is addressed, the reality is that the child is simply seeking an elementary understanding of the order of their personal world.
The second phrase that indicates our current developmental phase is the question, "Why not?" This stage of human development is best known as adolescence. It punctuates almost every conversation between a teen and his/her parent. "Why not? Everybody else's parents say its ok!" Its a question that serves as a rationale for many decisions made during the dreaded "invasion of the body snatchers" when the adults once loved, respected, perhaps even adored become the most embarrassing buffoons one could ever imagine. No matter the logical explanations provided to the "young adult" by the parental authority, the question just keeps coming, "Okayyyy! But,... why not? Ughhh!" (the eyes roll here)
At some point in the maturation process the question moves from "Why not?" to "Why me?" A doctor's diagnosis, a market meltdown, a ruined relationship or some other life crisis often draws this anguished cry from our heart and mouth. "Why me, why now, why me?" we often complain to a God we know something about, but perhaps do not really know.
Finally, for some there is a point in life when having exhausted ourselves seeking answers to the first three questions, we come to the heart of what it means to be created for the purposes of God. At last we find ourselves asking the truly important question in accomplishing God's Will and accomplishing our life purpose. "Why not me?" speaks to the Truth of our identity in relationship to a Holy God Who has offered up His One and Only Son as a sacrifice to pay the sin penalty we owe. "Why not me?" refers to the ultimate question of our destiny. Who will bow and worship Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives? The only appropriate answer to that question is..."Why not me?"
There is coming a day when the Lord Jesus Christ will be known by every single human being who has ever lived for Who He Truly Is, the Son of God! The calling of the 'mature' believer is to realize one's own quest for answers is what truly matters, and that it is a privilege to take that faith journey before a whole world, searching for answers of their own.
This is our destiny as the people of God, to live lives of worship before the Lord and to show forth His Glory before the world!
"If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God" (1 John 4:15).