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Mid-Week Reflections

From Brother Rudy

Created for a Purpose

July 19 2017

This week, the children in Vacation Bible School have been learning that they were uniquely created by God for a purpose. Sad to say, there are many who have never discovered that truth.  The famous psychiatrist, Carl Jung, put it this way; "I don't know the meaning, the purpose of life, but it looks as if something were meant by it." 

One of the problems with today's culture is that we look for meaning and purpose in the wrong places. If you want to know the purpose of something, the best place to turn is the creator and the owner's manual he provides. In the case of human beings, we need to turn to our Creator God and the manual He has given us in the Bible. We will not find our purpose focusing upon ourselves. The meaning will be experienced as we focus upon our creator.

The Bible teaches that we are not accidents. The Proverb says; "The Lord has made everything for His own purpose." (Proverbs 16:4; GWT) That 'everything' includes you and me. And what is God's purpose for you and me? God created us so that He could love us. Paul wrote, "Long before He laid down the earth's foundation, He had us in His mind and settle on us as the focus of His love to be made whole and holy by His love." (Ephesians 1:4; The Message) Think of that. God created you to be the focus of His love. You've probably heard me say it this way; "God created you to love you." 

Of course, the other side of the coin is that God wants us to focus our lives on Him. God wants us to love Him "with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." (Mark 12:30; NIV) We know the verse, but what does it mean?

Here is one way to look at loving God with our heart, soul, mind, and strength:

  • To love God "with all your mind" is to love Him thoughtfully. That is, to focus your attention upon God. It is to think about God. That is the reason daily prayer is so important. It helps us focus our minds upon God.
  • To love God "with all your heart and with all your soul" is to love Him passionately.  God is so passionately in love with you and me that Christ died for us. And, He wants us to be passionate about Him. Passionate love leads us to worship God so that we can give Him the praise, honor, and adoration that He deserves.
  • To love God "with all your strength" is to love Him practically. That is, love Him with our abilities, our talents, and our gifts. It is using the strengths God has given us to express our love to God. 

How are you doing? God created you for a relationship with Himself. How is your relationship going? A relationship is either growing or it is dying. God wants a growing, eternal relationship with you and me. That is the reason God created us. 

In Revelation we read, "You created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created." (Revelation 4:12; NLT) That being the case, life works best when we live it for God. Since we exist for God's pleasure, then our lives find their true meaning when we are seeking to live for Him.

Your responses to these Reflections are always welcomed.  You can email me at rguess@tuscumbiaumc.org