Knowing the purpose for which you were created

It is no unknown fact that we were created to glorify God here on this earth. However, when we talk about glorifying God, we get a lot of different ideas as to what that might mean. Does it mean to dress nice, say all the right things and smile? Does it mean that we need to tell everyone that we go to church and then invite them? Does it mean to be successful in this life?

By acquiring all the fine things of this world such as houses, cars, furniture etc. is this how we glorify God and show others that we are blessed of God? Is this how people know that we love and serve God?

To really answer this question we need to look to our example, Jesus Christ. Many times we can get our answers to our questions about life by studying what He taught and how He lived. All to often we look to man by reading his books or listening to his messages with hopes of trying to find answers to the most basic questions of life.

I say, let us look to Christ. Lets “take his yoke upon us and learn from Him” (Matt.11:29)

Back to our subject of “glorifying God upon the earth”. Our example is Christ. How did he glorify God when he was upon this earth?

In the book of John chapter 17, Jesus is praying to the Father. In verse 4 he says, “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do”. This is how Christ brought glory to God. He finished the work that God gave him to do.

Do you know that you also have work to do while your here on this earth?

Christ did not just go around and do nothing for God and his Kingdom. He did not just spend all his time in worship, all alone while here on earth. Lets look at the part of his life that also pertains to us. It is the “work” that Christ was involved in and also should be our work.

John the 4th chapter has the answer. After meeting the woman at the well, the disciples rejoined him and asked the question, “Rabbi, you need to eat something” (vs.31). He turns to them and says, “I have food that you know nothing about” (vs.32). “Did someone give him food?” the disciples said.

HERE IS THE KEY THAT UNLOCKS OUR QUESTION OF “HOW CAN I GLORIFY GOD ON THIS EARTH?”

Christ says, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work” (vs 34)
Here he says “Do” and “Work”. They are not bad words as some may think. They are indeed words of action. They involved doing something. They involve work. As I have said many times, “we are not saved by doing works, but we are saved to do works”. Salvation and works cannot be separated.

Jesus is our example. Did he spend all his time setting in his Fathers presence? Did he spend all his time in the synagogue worshipping? No. We need to again read the Gospels and get familiar with his life, our example.

Now after Jesus says his food is to do and finish the will of the Father, he explains to his disciples and to us what that is. True disciples of Christ will take notice of this and be “doing” this.

What is this “doing” the will of the Father? What is the “work” Christ was involved in and we are supposed to be also? In verse 35 he talks about the Harvest. Christ says to us today, “open your eyes, and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.” The “fields” are the nations, the world out there.

It is all about the harvest! The will and the work of the Father is the harvest of souls! It should be our main objective, shouldn’t it?

How did Christ bring glory to God while he was on the earth? By completing the work that God gave him (Jn.17:4). The souls that God gave him. That was his work. The harvest of souls. Gathering souls unto eternal life.

Whatever gifts and callings that God has blessed you with, they should be used for this same purpose. They must have to do in some way with the harvest of souls. If your life is not “harvest” related, it should seriously be questioned. If we are truly followers of Christ (disciples) then he will endeavor to make us “fishers of men”.

It is high past time to take inventory of our lives. Which way are you headed? Are you doing the will of the Father? Whatever you are doing, does it have anything to with the harvest of souls? Can it be traced back to souls?

Jesus said, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working”. (Jn.5:17) Are you working in the harvest? Jesus says to us today in 2008, “The harvest is plentiful….
“Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life,” (Jn.6:27)

“As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.” (Jn.9:4) NIGHT IS COMING! DOES THAT MOVE US! SOON TIME WILL BE NO MORE!
ONLY WHAT WAS DONE FOR CHRIST WILL LAST!

THIS IS A WAKE UP CALL! LET US BE ABOUT OUR FATHERS BUSINESS, SOULS FOR HIS KINGDOM!
AMEN!

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4 Responses to “Knowing the purpose for which you were created”

  1. ProdigalKnot Says:

    Wow! Now that’s a message from God!

    I agree completely that if we are slaves to Christ, then we should be doing His work! Delegating it to the pastor or elders or outreach minister isn’t going to cut it on Judgment Day! God give us the assurance, faith and boldness to be soldiers and workmen for Him!

  2. rjperalta Says:

    Praise God! I’m glad you were blessed, brother.
    Yes, on that day we will stand alone and give an account of our lives before Him.
    By His grace only.
    Bless you

  3. fireball3316 Says:

    every post of yours i have read right now (as a newbie to reading your blog) has so resonated with my heart and put more wood on the fire! yay to God for the good work in your life and the gift of being able to articulate his passion for souls so well and inspiring! blessings, fireball

  4. rjperalta Says:

    Fireball3316,
    Thank you and to God be the glory! May you continue to be blessed.

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