In Bible study, specifically at the Church on the Arroyo, we were asked last Wednesday night, what is God’s purpose for us as a species…then IS THERE one task for everyone? History seemed like a good place to begin discovering our purpose. The best history book, the Bible, of course! “The Bible will always be relevant”, a comment made by Beverly S., thank you, we Christians know the answer is there. Where to begin? – At the beginning, Genesis!
Genesis 1:26 … Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;”
Genesis 1:28 … “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
God made us in His image. God gave us dominion over every living thing! If we have dominion over all of creation, God then must have dominion over us! He made us so we belong to Him. All man did was name the creatures God made.
Then I checked out the Prophets, they were God’s chosen loudspeakers. They did God’s will and voiced His concerns. They weren’t a bunch of fortune tellers, they were truth tellers. The truth they told were messages from God, the messages weren’t always popular and often not obeyed. Prophets teach us about listening to God and obeying Him. They also teach us the pitfalls of not obeying Him. To fulfill our purpose we must listen to God.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3. God made us because He loves us. We are His creation. He doesn’t need us, He wasn’t lonesome. God is the Perfect Trinity keeping themselves filled to the brim and overflowing with love, which is where we come into existence! The overflowing, everlasting, before we were knit in our mothers womb love! Everlasting love, it can’t get any better! That seems, to me, to be the WHY.
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11 This is clear enough, we were created for God’s pleasure. So what do we owe Him? My answer is everything! When you know how to use an object it becomes a true tool. The spoon works great for shoveling soup into our mouths. A spoon for digging out a foundation would be a stupid use for the spoon. We know we were made by God out of His creativity and love, for His pleasure. So the next question is what is His pleasure for us?
During BSF in McAllen this past week we studied the book of Psalms related to King David, where I learned “Psalms” has the answers to all of life’s questions. I’m going to avail myself of that new piece of information. Psalms shall be my go-to place whenever I need an answer.
Psalm 57:2 says, “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.” This explains that God indeed does have a purpose for us individually. And He fulfills it in us!
Psalm 119:105 says, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” God’s word brings light to paths that otherwise seem dark. In the Bible you learn how to live wisely in God’s world, which is a step toward finding your purpose.
Psalm 23:2-3 says, “He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” He places us where He needs us to be. We are not here by accident, wherever ‘here’ is for you.
Galatians 5:22 says”But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,“… God produces what He desires us to have. When we were young our mother prepared us for school each day. Made certain we ate breakfast, had proper clothing, brushed our teeth and had our homework with us. God makes certain we have the gift from the Holy Spirit, that He put us in the right place and doesn’t leave us at the door to go out alone. He comes with us where ever we go.
Proverbs 11:14 says, “Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.” In other words, one of the main ways God will help you find your purpose is through others. To stay the course God teaches us to surround ourselves with Christ followers. Go to BSF, join the church choir, go to Wednesday night Bible study, and most importantly go to church and read the Word of God, the Bible!