"IN THE BEGINNING"(Continued)
CREATED FOR GOD'S PURPOSE
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"-GENESIS 1:1
Why did God create the heaven and the earth? Why are we here and what is our purpose? In Revelation 4:11, John writes, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." In one short statement, John not only declares the Lord as the creator of all things, but he also shares with us the purpose of His creative works: "for thy pleasure". All of God's creation was made for His pleasure. Therefore the purpose of our existence is plain: to please the Lord.
Naturally speaking, whether it is a spark plug for a car, a tool for a job, an instrument for a procedure, or a weapon for warfare, it has a designated purpose. When misused, it will probably become damaged and unprofitable for its intended use. Many times, we become damaged, discouraged, despondent, frustrated, and lose the will to go on. May I suggest to you that much of the reason for these emotions is because we have forgotten our intended purpose. Much of our unhappiness is due to a self centered life as opposed to a Christ centered life. The most joyful moments of a believer's life are those occasions they know they have pleased the Lord. And why is this? Because they are fulfilling their purpose in life.
It is good to remember that regardless of how old we may become, or what our station in life may be(consider John the aged on Patmos), our lives continue to have a purpose: to please God. All of God's creation which surrounds us, the animals, trees, planets and stars, resound with the joyous opportunity of fulfilling their purpose in God's creation until Christ returns. Lord, help us to know, understand and fulfill thy purpose in our lives.
Come to worship with us at HARMONY PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH, at Donaldson, where God is sovereign and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Phone 501-337-1115.
Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor.