Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Why Do I Exist?


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Jokes aside, Calvin asks a great question. "What do you think we are put on earth to do? What's our purpose in life? Why are we here?"

I believe I have been created by God for a purpose. I believe the Bible is clear about why God has created me.

1) I have been created to enter into a relationship with God as my Father, and, consequently, with others who are also part of God’s family and are therefore my brothers and sisters.
John 1:12: But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.
1 John 3:1: See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are.
Since God has adopted me into His family as His son, I have also become related to others in God’s family, who have now become my brothers and sisters.

2) I have been created to display God’s divine nature to the world around me.
Romans 8:29: For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.
2 Peter 1:4: For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.
Just as children become more and more like their parents, I, too, should be becoming more and more like my heavenly Father.

3) I have been created to perform a specific task that only I can accomplish.
Ephesians 2:10: For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Recently, I was very happy to hear Dr Santhosh Mathew share these same truths at a meeting. He expressed it more poetically, like this:
We have been created to:
i) Belong to God (by entering into a relationship with Him)
ii) Become like God (by becoming transformed into His likeness)
iii) Build God’s Kingdom (by fulfilling the good works that God has already planned for me)
Let me commend the EHA motto as an easy tool we could use to remember why we exist. The Emmanuel Hospital Association motto is "Fellowship for Transformation through Caring"

We exist to be a Fellowship (because of our relationship with God and each other)
We exist to be Transformed (individually and collectively into His likeness)
We exist to Care (by performing the specific task God has planned for us)

This is crucial stuff! If we have been created for this, but spend our lives accomplishing so much else, we may find when it is our time for assessment at the Judgement Day, that our life has been wasted.



5 comments:

  1. Does the Bible say, "Build God’s Kingdom" here on earth?

    Or are we to pray that His kingdom come as it is in Heaven?

    They are 2 different things.

    I wonder if Ida Scudder said it (or some one else misquoted her)and if she did, she said wrong.

    Go through all the verses in the Word about this and you will wonder how we have been misled. (I am doing this now)

    And once you realise this, IT WILL CHANGE THINGS.

    (prince.christopher@gmail.com)

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  2. Prince, thanks for your comments.

    I am not so sure that really seeking to "Build God's kingdom" is so different from praying "Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." I think the results in the life of the one who genuinely uses either expression to describe what he is doing would be very similar!

    Practically speaking, whatever the semantics of the expression you use, I think we can agree that God has a specific plan for our lives, that only we can accomplish, and that will result in His Kingdom being built (advanced, furthered, etc), and His purposes being accomplished, and His name being glorified.

    Let's keep talking.......

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  3. Wow never really looked at it that way but am sure what pradeep says is absolutely true.
    Its all about doing/accomplishing what He wants us to do on this earth which is most important.
    I believe He wants to glorify his name all the time in what ever we do/say.... however difficult it maybe or even though we fail, we have to keep striving to achieve this.... its the good fight/spiritual war.....

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  4. What about glorifying God sir? i think that also should be there in that list. :)

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    1. Thanks, Jefferson for your remark. I think that God is glorified in our lives when we accomplish the purpose for which we have been created......we bring him glory when we live in relationship with Him, display the glory of His likeness, and acomplish His task for us. What do you say?

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