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The daunting question that many of us struggle with at some point in our life is “What is my purpose in life?” or “What was I created for?" Many try to find their purpose by doing what makes them happy or succeeding at something they are good at. Yet, while these may or may not coincide with what our ultimate purpose in life may be, it can not be the answer to our question.
In order to know what we were designed to do,
we first must take a look at who designed us.
We all know there is debate on the origin of the universe, but I happen to believe the theory that has been around longer than all the others.
I believe that God is the creator of the universe, and we can see the beauty of his love for creation unfold in the book of Genesis.
While I could spend endless time on all he created, I want to focus on the most important, us.
We are set apart from everything else by one unique thing: our ability to create.
In Genesis 1:27, it says that God created mankind in his image. So if God created us in his image, wouldn’t that mean that we are creators too? He birthed inside of us the desire to create. So if we are designed and purposed with a desire to create, what exactly should we be creating?
Noah built the ark.
Solomon built the temple
Paul was a tent maker
Jesus was a carpenter
Dorcas made garments
These are just a few examples of people, and Jesus himself, who created material things.
However, it is also our job to make things that are not physically represented.
Although some live their life creating chaos, we are called to make peace.
James 3:18 "And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace."
Though some follow paths of destruction, we are called to make straight paths for our feet.
Hebrews 12:12-13 "Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed (to free from errors and sins, to bring about one’s salvation)."
Though some spend their lives leading others astray, we are called to make a straight paths for the Lord
Matthew 3:3 "A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.'"
By us following God’s will for our lives,
we make a way for others to know him.
We are created to make good fruit.
Matthew 7: 16-20 “You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits."
What is good fruit?
Fruit = actions, deeds, praises, and to make a harvest of eternal life “fitted souls to obtain eternal life”
We are created to make a joyful noise to the Lord.
Psalm 98 - Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
We are called to make a feast for the poor.
Luke 14: 13-14 "But when you give (make) a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
In everything, we are to do it as unto the Lord.
Collosians 3:23 "And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,"
These "do’s" mean two different things
The first do means make, and the second do means work or produce.
So we should actually read this verse like this:
Whatever you make, produce it heartily, as unto the lord and not to men.
Everything created should bring glory to god; not drawing attention to one’s self but drawing attention to him.
Matthew 7:12 "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."
Try reading it like this: Therefore whatever you would want men to make for you, make it also for them.
Because he created us to make good things, he is against those who make evil.
1 Peter 3:12 - "The face of the lord is against those who make evil."
evil = anything troublesome, destructive, not as it ought to be
What if you do something that isn’t necessarily a “sin” but is destructive to your future?
The definition of evil here is: something that is not as it ought to be.
If you go against what God desires for you life, you are doing something that is not as it ought to be.
Anything that he doesn’t desire for your life is evil.
Being a doctor might not be evil for someone else, but if God has called you to be a teacher it is evil for you.
Not only is it evil for you, but it is evil for the people who your life is called to have an impact on.
We are created, to create his will.
He gave a choice.
We can choose to create good or evil.
We can choose to create his ultimate perfect plan as the master and designer, or we can choose to create things not as they ought to be.
We can create his desires or create our desires.
The choice is yours.
What will you create?