Why did God create me?
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God has an incredibly valuable task for you. You, in the situations of your life that He created uniquely for you, should carry out His will on earth, as it is done on heaven. Your job is to prove how good and acceptable and perfect His will is, so that in the ages to come, it is incontestable. (Romans 12:1-2)
Perhaps one of the most beautiful and life-affirming passages in the Bible are the words of David in Psalm 139. “My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all are written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139:15-16.
God has carefully and individually made each of us, “fearfully and wonderfully.” (Psalm 139:14) So if He thought of us and created each of us so intentionally, we need to understand His purpose for the lives He has given us.
“… a body you have prepared for Me … to do Your will, O God.” Hebrews 10:5-7
When He had completed that work, and opened up a way so that the sons of men could follow Him on it, He committed His Spirit back to His Father, untainted by His human nature and sin, but with the complete fullness of divine nature. The Holy Spirit was then sent to earth, to guide us in the steps of the Master, so that we can also be partakers of the divine nature. (Acts 1:1-4; 2 Peter 1:2-4)
God, the Father of spirits (Hebrews 12:9), who knew us before the foundation of the world, gave us a body as He did Jesus. His purpose is that we should follow in Jesus’ footsteps, so that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10) “Always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:10. In this way our spirits are tested, and proven as gold tried in the fire, so that they are worthy of eternal life. (1 Peter 1:6-7)
“I have come to do Your will, O God.” Click here to read more about what Jesus meant when He said these words.
A perfect plan for our lives
God has prepared specific works for each of us to walk in. (Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 2:12-14) He has specially curated a plan for our lives in the most perfect way for us to overcome the sin in our own flesh, and so that our spirits, which God is zealous for, could return to Him full of the virtues of Christ; divine nature. So that an entrance will be supplied abundantly to us, back into the everlasting Kingdom. (2 Peter 1:2-11)
In these bodies, we also have a human nature, which has a will of its own that is in conflict with the will of God. So our spirit has to fight a battle against the lusts and desires of the flesh. Things that go on around us have an effect on us, and we are tempted. Thoughts that are not from God, and that would draw us away from our connection with Him try to enter in. (James 1:14-15) We need to suffer in our flesh, crucify that human nature, and cease from sin, just as Jesus did, “who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth.” (1 Peter 2:21-22; 1 Peter 4:1-2)
God wants to share His own nature with us, and the transformation from human nature to divine nature is the purpose of our relatively short time on earth. (2 Peter 1:2-4) If we are to be presented “holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight,” fully sanctified, then we need to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.