I will admit, I wondered “Am I the way I AM meant to be?”
This thoughts went so many ways! It nigh on drew me close to despair!
“Why me?!” Filled my spirit, for THAT is who and what I am!
I say “Me”, is THAT Me or am I referring to my shell?
This gets deep pretty quick!
A turtle? Is its shell IT? Makes you think! But there are:
Crabs (and other crustaceans) cannot grow in a linear fashion like most animals. Because they have a hard outer shell (the exoskeleton) that does not grow, they must shed their shells, a process called molting. Just as we outgrow our clothing, crabs outgrow their shells.
A hermit crab’s shell is more than his house; it protects his soft abdomen and helps him maintain a proper humidity level. It’s a big deal if a crab decides to give up his shell. Often it’s because he’s decided to trade shells, but sometimes a crab will have more serious reasons to abandon his home.
Molting and Growing. Because the shell of a lobster is hard and inelastic it must shed its shell in order to grow. Ecdysis, commonly called shedding, occurs when a lobster extrudes itself from its old shell. … Unlike animals that are soft-bodied and have skin, a lobster’s shell, once hard, will not grow much more.
Ok, ok…I AM stopping here! We could go on though (just for the record!)
Ok! So, I asked myself in this shell (which by The AWESOME grace of God I have ‘molted’ AND grown, Amen.)
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:7
Ok! So back to my question, (and trust me, this can go MANY ways!)
Was I meant to be, and why am I?
The Bible makes it abundantly clear that God created man and that He created him for His glory (Isaiah 43:7). Therefore, the ultimate purpose of man, according to the Bible, is simply to glorify God!
Am I getting it wrong? I had to ask.
A harder question to answer, perhaps, is what does it look like to glorify God? In Psalm 100:2–3, we’re told to worship God with gladness and “know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.” Part of what it looks like to glorify God is to acknowledge who God is (our Creator, for starters) and to praise and worship Him as such.
We fulfill our purpose of glorifying God also by living our lives in relationship and faithful service to Him (1 Samuel 12:24; John 17:4). Since God created man in His image (Genesis 1:26–27), man’s purpose cannot be fulfilled apart from Him. King Solomon tried living for his own pleasure, yet at the end of his life he concluded that the only worthwhile life is one of honor and obedience to God (Ecclesiastes 12:13–14).
In our fallen state, sin separates us from God and makes it impossible to glorify Him on our own. But through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, our relationship with God is reconciled—our sin is forgiven and no longer creates a barrier between God and us (Romans 3:23–24).
Interestingly, we are able to glorify God because He gave us glory first. David writes in Psalm 8:4–6, “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet.” (This is also repeated in Hebrews 2:6–8.) This verse reveals another purpose that God has given man: dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:28–29). Again, though, this can only be properly fulfilled through a right relationship with God.
The more we get to know our Creator and the more we love Him (Matthew 22:37–38), the better we understand who we are and what our purpose is. We were created to bring Him glory. God has unique plans and purposes for each person (Psalm 139:13–16), but we can know that, whatever those plans look like, they will ultimately result in His glory (Proverbs 3:6; 1 Corinthians 10:31).
Understandably, this is a significantly ‘lengthy’ “quick share!” I simply wanted to raise the question “Why are you?” I will and MUST ask are you fulfilling your purpose?