Good morning, friends. As I write this morning, I wonder if you are having a good morning. And if you are, then what defines a good morning in your world?
It's questions like these that make us think and reflect on life. Another question that can keep us up late at night is, “Why was I created?” Some people may ask, “Why are we here?” But I'm just selfish enough that I'm more concerned with why God created me, than I am with why God created mankind. I would venture to guess that most of us are more concerned with our own purpose in life than we are about the rest of mankinds' purpose. And that is exactly what we are going to discuss today. PURPOSE!
The name of God we are reflecting on today is still Elohim, God Almighty, God as Creator. If He created you, if He knit you together in your mother's womb, then the obvious next question is…WHY?
Let's look at this passage found in Isaiah 43 for that answer.
1 But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:
3 For I am the Lord, your God [Elohim],
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
7 everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
The Holy Bible : New International Version
. electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984, S. Is 43:1,3-4,7
Kay referenced this verse. And although Isaiah 43 is one of my favorite passages, I had missed what she points out: I am created for God's glory. Did you see it in verse seven?
You are created for God's glory! That sounds great, doesn't it? But what does that mean? I looked it up in my Bible software and found this definition:
, respect, i.e., the attribution of high status to a person
Swanson, James: Dictionary of Biblical Languages With Semantic Domains : Hebrew (Old Testament)
. electronic ed. Oak Harbor : Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997, S. DBLH 3883, #2
So as we apply that to ourselves, Kay put it this way, to be created for God's glory means “you are to live in such a way as to give all of creation a correct opinion or estimate of who God is.” Your purpose on earth is to help others understand who God is. Are you living out your purpose?
After reading this, I had to ask myself these questions:
Do I respect and honor God with my life? Will other people honor and respect God because of the way I live my life?
Do I live my life in such a way that others will have an accuate opinion of who God is?
Am I accomplishing the purpose God has for my life? If not what do I need to change?
These are extremely tough questions. As I walked through these questions and a few others this morning, I had to be honest. I'm pretty sure that people would not have an accurate opinion of God if they watched my life day in and day out. Of course there are some moments in my day that would give people a more accurate opinion, but unfortunately there are lots of moments when I fail to fulfill this purpose.
I needed this reminder this morning. I needed to be reminded that as I go about my day today that I am not an island. I do have a purpose. So today, I am refocused. I am thinking about how I interact with my family, my co-workers, my friends, and you, my blogging community. In all of these relationships I want to give God honor and live in such a way that people better understand who God is.
This means I need to make some adjustments in my life, my attitude, and my actions. My heart's desire to make the adjustments needed so that I can fulfill my purpose in life, and so that others will see God in me.
Are you ready to fulfill your purpose on earth? Are you willing to take the steps needed to live in such a way that others know who God is? What is one step you can take TODAY to live out this purpose?
One step I'm taking today is to be more aware of my words-I want to use my words in such a way to honor God and not criticize His creation. What are you going to do? I'd love to hear from you!
Have a great day living out your purpose!
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