‘For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him.’ Colossians 1: 16
Do you ever really think about this? Do you ever think about the fact all things were created by God and for God, and that includes You. There is a reason you were made. There is a purpose for your life which God intends.
It’s easy for it to feel like life is about surviving or pursuing my own will or desires. Yet we forget what our true calling is or what we were created for, and so we miss out on our ultimate calling.
We can even pursue great things like raising a family and setting them up well. We can pursue doing good, making a difference in our corner of the world, or building a successful career. There are any number of good things, even noble things we can give ourselves to, but arguably the most important thing we could give ourselves to, is that for which we were created.
If the God who fashioned you, designed you, breathed life into has a plan for your life, a calling if you like, then why don’t we give ourselves to this?
One of the reasons is simple. We don’t care. We don’t care what our true calling is? We don’t care why we were created? We just want to do our own thing. So we understand that we were made by God, but we prefer to act as if we were created for our own benefit.
Another reason is we are not sure how to live by faith. We live in a world and a culture where we can get by, or so it seems, without God. We are not in an agricultural community where we pray for the rains and the harvest, and where the rhythms of the seasons remind us in no uncertain terms that we need God. The environment they found themselves in meant that they had to pray day in day out.
We don’t have to go and buy property or move off the grid to experience God; but perhaps we should pray. This is a simple step to remind us that we need God, and that He has a purpose for us.
Life is more than surviving and pursuing self-interest, it is to live the life God made you for.