Have you ever spent any serious time thinking about who you are and for what purpose you were created? If you have you can understand that you are not who you have always thought yourself to be. Sometimes there may be people who know from the very beginning, but most of us will live a lifetime before we actually fall to our knees realizing that our lives are not our own and never have been. We were not created for ourselves, but for God’s, and only God’s, purpose. It is then that our knees will really bend, that we will earnestly seek His will before our own.
Why do you think it is that we are meant to go on a long round-about journey before we can come to the truth that has always been? Most of you have heard at least in part about how diamonds actually come into being. To the normal eye in the beginning it only looks like another rock and not a special one at that. It takes a person with skill to realize that they must be holding something precious and then it still takes times and effort to cut and polish it into its finished form. You might wonder if it is really worth the effort, but for whatever reason our human nature has given it a valued place in the world in which we live.
Could it be that much of our lives are like the diamond; that we must be recognized and then spend a lot of time over many years being polished until we are finally able to be valued and used for a special purpose? Surely the Lord could have made us in our final polished form from the beginning. Have you ever wondered just why He didn’t? Consider the diamond; it wasn’t of any value in its original form; it only gained its value through time and effort. Maybe it’s the same for us as human beings; maybe our value is only obtained through the experience of trial and effort.
I think you would have to agree that in the very beginning Adam and Eve, even though forewarned, had to learn through trial and error. We can read that God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:27) and blessed them (28), but He also gave them free will and down through the ages man has always elected to use his free will in spite of the consequences. You don’t need to ask why this is so; you know yourself that you wouldn’t feel loved if there was no choice. You also know that man’s ego has always wanted to write its own script.
Each created individual has taken its own sweet, precious time to learn that his Creator may have patience, but He also has the final say. Even though it was Adam and Eve that were placed in a perfect environment and warned of the consequences, we can’t blame them for we are no different. Even as God knew it would take more of a sacrifice to save His creation He did not deny us; He freely gave us the biggest sacrifice anyone could make, His beloved son, Jesus Christ.
We go through the Easter season every year when we celebrate the life, death and resurrection of God’s beloved Son, Jesus Christ. We should be and truly are grateful for the sacrifice, but can we say that it really has or is changing our lives.
In the final word from God, written by John isolated on the island of Patmos, we are told – Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death (Revelation 1:17-18).
I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, and it told Thy love to me; but I long to rise in the arms of faith and be closer drawn to Thee. Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord to the cross where Thou hast died; draw me nearer, nearer, nearer blessed Lord, to Thy precious bleeding side.