A Purpose

Have you ever thought about why you were created?  It is true, we were all created with a purpose in mind, something that only we could accomplish.  Do you know what yours is?  I don’t know if it was given to us at our time of birth or later in life as we have reached a certain point in our growth -  a time of understanding, of knowledge and desire to help fulfill God’s master plan.  I do believe though that we all have one and it is just a matter of time before we will recognize and attempt to accomplish it.

For some it comes easy, for others through sweat and tears, but whatever path we take you can be sure that it will come.  For some it will appear without recognition, for others they may be far into the task before they realize it was what they were created for.  One thing I do believe though is that we were all created with the desire to please our Creator.  We may take a long time to recognize it, but it is still wrapped up in our creation and determined to raise its head.  The best thing we can do is to simply go with it.

As we read through our Bibles we can often see before we get there that God created with a plan – Adam and Eve were created to start the process with their decision in the garden made just for them.  Unfortunately God also gave man free will because something not chosen will never find its way to greatness.  Why could we not see it?  I guess that something too easy never has much value.  So where do we go after we discover our plan.  Some will rebel because mankind never liked obeying someone else’s direction.  Others of us will say a grateful prayer thanking our Lord that He knew better than we did.  There are all sorts of stopping points along our way, but the bottom line is that God has always known what our decision will be and I imagine He has shed many tears over His initial decision to give man free will.

Why do you think God gave man free will when He knew we would sin?  That’s not hard for even the simplest mind to comprehend.  Something forced upon a person is never appreciated.  Maybe He could just have left off the ego part.  Oh well! suppose we just go forward.  It makes  a lot of sense to realize that a puppet cannot love.  Matthew recorded for us the words of Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount – freely you have received, freely give (10:8).  Simple words yes, but the basis of all lives that are lived in accordance with God’s creation.

Paul, who learned everything the hard way, tells us that He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things (Romans 8:32).  That does take away all doubt for those of us who occasionally worry.  So knowing do we live what we know?  It will probably cause us to walk with a surer step, at least temporarily.  Gee, that also tells us something else – that all of life can be better if we obey and trust God.  How can it be any more simple?

God already knew when He created mankind that understanding would come slowly through actually living life, but He planned and hoped that most of us would get the picture and become the children that He would love and have with Him forever.  Surely there is no greater goal or satisfaction to be found in the life He gave and died for.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter; I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA