Purchased for a purpose…

I mentioned in one of my recent blogs, “Post with a purpose” that there would be another related post coming soon. I had hoped to write this sooner, but as often happens in my life, it took a little longer than expected. Either way, here it is…

I wrote in my former blog about how all things, including people are created with a purpose in mind, by a creator, to serve their creator’s purposes. I also wrote of what happens when those things and people do not serve the purposes that they are created for. I don’t feel the need to go too deep into those points in this post, so please visit my former post if you want to read further.

In the same way that we as created beings were created with a particular purpose in mind, we also who have been saved by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, have been purchased with a certain purpose in mind. To some that may be an odd choice of words, “purchased”, but that is precisely how the Apostle Paul viewed it. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” Paul here is making the two points that I want to make in this post. One, that we are not our own, we have been bought with the blood of Christ. Two, we were purchased by Christ, for the purpose of glorifying God.

This is a tough concept for many to swallow, even Christians. But the fact is that we are never truly our own. Our world doesn’t like this fact, but it is true. We all like to feel like we are in control, doing our own thing, making ourselves happy, and we really don’t like to answer to anyone. This was the sin that caused the undoing of our first parents, Adam and Eve, and sadly we continue to repeat it daily. The Bible gives us, or at least it is for me, a startling revelation about what we are truly doing when we are following after our own desires and not the desires of God, our creator. Read Ephesians 2. In Verses 1-3, Paul tells us that when we are following after the passions of this world, and the desires of our bodies, and the passions of our flesh, we are really serving Satan (the prince of the power of the air). Think about what he is saying here. When we are not serving God, when we are not serving Christ, we are really serving Satan. Paul refers to those not serving God as “sons of disobedience” and “children of wrath”. Very simply put, you either belong to Christ, or you belong to Satan. There really is no in between.

Thank God Ephesians doesn’t end there, and it goes on to tell us that God is rich in mercy, and loved us, and sent Christ to save us. We have now been reconciled to God, and are now part of His household. What a glorious promise…I encourage everyone to read through Ephesians 2.

So now let me attempt to sum up as quickly as possible, and take a look at a few more bits of Scripture. We as created beings were created with a purpose, to Glorify God. Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve (See Genesis 3) and many since that time, have tried to serve themselves, while in reality they are really serving Satan (Ephesians 2:2). By the grace of God however, we as Christians have been reconciled to Himself, through His Son Jesus Christ. We have been bought at a price, the very blood of Jesus, in order that we might glorify God. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

A couple more passages of Scripture come to my mind as I reflect on what I’ve read and what I’ve written. Read Romans 12. Paul starts off the Chapter with these words, “I appeal to you therefore brothers by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” He goes on in the rest of Romans 12, to show us how that works itself out in our lives. A must read for all who claim the name of Christ.

Another passage that comes to mind is 2 Corinthians 5:15, “and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” Christ died so that we would no longer live for ourselves, or as Ephesians 2 explains further, for Satan, but so that we would live for Him (Christ), the one who died for us, and who was raised from the dead.

I’m going to end here, but think of how Paul, and the other Apostles viewed themselves. Paul in his letters constantly referred to himself as a slave, or a bondservant of Christ. You will find similar language from the other Apostles such as Peter and James as well. They knew whom they belonged to…I hope now, no I pray now, that perhaps, I and you the reader will have a more accurate picture of who we belong to as well. More than anything if we are Christians, if we belong to Christ, I pray that we will live like it. If there is one out there reading this, and they are seeking to serve themselves, and are on that path to destruction while serving Satan, I pray they might seek the grace of God, that he has offered through Christ, and turn to Him right now, and become His child.

God bless.

Post with a purpose…

Everything on this planet that was created, has a creator, and was created with a purpose. When someone builds a house, they have a purpose in mind for building that house. It is to become a home, it is to be a place where people can rest, and be protected from the outside world, and the elements of nature. When someone designs and builds a car, it is built with a purpose in mind. It is transportation, to transport someone from point A to point B.

The Bible tells us that we too, as people, have a creator. Genesis 2:7 says, “then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” Multiple passages in the Old Testament speak of the way God has formed us in the womb. (Psalm 139:13, Isaiah 44:24, 49:5, Jeremiah 1:5) Seeing as though we too were created by a creator, the next logical question is, “What is our purpose?”

In my study of Scripture, I believe I’ve found two passages that give us this answer.

First, in Mark 12, Jesus is asked by a Scribe, “what is the most important commandment of all.” Jesus then says, (Mark 12:29-31) “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord your God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this; ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Jesus is here summing up what God had already told the nation of Israel back in Deuteronomy 6:4-6. Very simply what these two commandments tell us, is that we are to love God with all that we have, and with all that we are.

Second, in Ephesians 2:10 the Apostle Paul tells us this, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Very simply Paul is telling us that we were created for good works that He (God) has already prepared for us to do. God has prepared those things before the foundations of the earth. Technically I believe this last verse, can also be summed up in the previous two commands given to us by Jesus.

So what do we know so far? Everything on this planet is created, and is created with a purpose. We as people also have a creator, God, and we were created with a purpose as well. Our purpose is very simply to love God first and foremost, and to love people. These things work themselves out in various ways. But everything we do, must be rooted in our love for God first and then a love for people. If this is not the case in our lives, then we are missing our purpose. We are not doing what we were created to do.

So now we must ask ourselves, what happens when something that is created, doesn’t serve its purpose? Let’s look back to our previous two examples. When a house is not doing what it is built to do, when people aren’t living in it, when it cannot serve to protect people from the elements of nature what happens to it? Generally it is torn down and thrown away, unless it can be repaired. The same thing is true with a car. If a car is not able to do what it was created to do, when it cannot take a person from point A to point B, it is sold for scraps, or thrown into the scrap heap. That is of course, unless it can be repaired. People are no different. I believe we see great and frightening examples of this in two places in the book of Matthew. (3:12 & 25:41-46)

The great thing is though, we CAN be fixed, that is why Jesus came to earth…Read John 3:16-21 and pray.
God bless…

Be watching for a related post in the coming days…