“However; I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me….” (Acts 20:24, NIV)
Our life on this earth is fleeting. We are but a vapor or a puff of smoke in the grand scheme of eternity. When living in this evil and sinful world, we need to remember two things: we were created by God, for God.
You were created by God.
Psalm 139 is a very familiar Psalm to most of us. In verses 13-14 (ESV), David says to God, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
God gave His time and love to form something beautiful and unique – a special creature to use in His service.
You were created for God.
When someone does something kind and loving for us – when they go out of their way to make us feel special – we want to repay them and give back to them. In our gratitude to God for making such a special creation, we need to remember that our purpose on this earth is to serve Him.
In Exodus 9, God is speaking to Moses, telling him what to do in order to release the Israelites from Pharaoh. In verse 16 (NIV), God says, “I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” This is our purpose as well: to see God’s power and to proclaim His name. Need some help with this? Click here and here to read more articles on this subject.
How are you proclaiming God’s name in your community? What encouragement have you found in Scripture on this topic?