I’ve spoke and written on occasion about the purpose of life and always present the following argument:
Why did God create us and place us on earth? If he was simply seeking friendship, why not just create man “in his image” and spend eternity with man and forget about the world? Why allow war, hunger, disease, struggle, and hate run rampant in this world and then place his “most cherished creation” right in the middle of it? What was the need to place us in a world separated from him just to spend our life “searching for” and developing a relationship with him?
I’ll present my thoughts from a recent blog on my FB fan page and hope you will share your thoughts as well…
This world presents one of the best gifts God could have given us that it seems, based on biblical records, will not be offered once this life is over. And it seems what this world and life offers is something even God couldn’t resist – the desire to create.
God found pleasure in “creating” the universe, this earth, and us. (And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [it was] very good – Gen: 1:31)
Therefore, if he found pleasure in creating, and we were made in his image, why would he deny his “most cherished creation” the chance to "create" and receive pleasure from creating?
I believe we’re not just here to seek God, but to also have the opportunity to experience the feelings God experienced when he created the world. And I believe we’re all given talents and opportunities to “create” something in this world that will live forever, even if we’re just here for a short time...
Look forward to everyone's thoughts...
WoW!! Thanks Chadrick!
I agree. I also believe God created us to serve Him and worship Him. But He wants us to do it by our own freewill. The angels worship God but they do it because God made them to do that. We have a choice and God is looking for those that will do it by choice. :)
Thanks for the feedback Martha and Jordan. And Jordan, you're exactly right. I believe the ability of our talents is directly influenced by the "source of our strength" as well as a balance between action and communication. Truthfully, I feel some approach prayer as many approach some bad committee meetings I attended in my past. A lot of talk but not a lot of action. For example, In those "bad" committee meetings, we would discuss the same challenge in 10 different meetings, invest 10 hours in discussions, and still not have a result. Do you think sometimes, God just wants to say, "Hey, we've discussed your desires for 2 years and you haven't taken any action so I can actually provide strength and guidance! So quit talking and start doing!"
But going back to the "source of our strength", the passage from my book seems to share insight into the importance of teaming with God vs. going it alone... (and avoiding too much pride)
"How can I be a vessel containing greatness without the aid of my creator? Can a clinched fist embrace more water than a cupped hand? Even though my hands can fabricate elaborate sails, I cannot command the wind to blow. Thus, I must not allow pride to seize me. I must allow my heart to be molded by love and understanding that surpasses the rationale of this world ~ elements I will take to the marketplace and use to distinguish me from the fool who believes the sun rises and sets by his authority."
Yes Chadrick, is a common mistake to not take action in the christians world, or to do it in our own strength. Those mistakes is very frequently in many areas of our life. God give us the wisdom.