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Why did God create me?

God has wished me alive, but for what reason?
Why did God create me?

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

Jesus was with the Father as a master craftsman when He marked out the foundations of the earth. He rejoiced in all His inhabited world, but His delight was with the sons of men. (Proverbs 8:22-31) So when the time was right, Jesus was given a body on earth, as the Son of Man. In that body, all the will of God would be done, and none of the will of the body.

“… 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 JesusThis most often refers not to the physical death Christ died on the cross of Calvary, but to the death of the lust to sin in His human nature, which task He fulfilled while He lived on earth as a human being. (2 Timothy 2:11; 2 Corinthians 4:10; Philippians 3:10; Romans 8:3)... More, 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 fleshThe “flesh” is all of the sinful desires/temptations/lusts, etc. that dwell in human nature. It is the source of temptation, and nothing good dwells there. (Galatians 5:19-21; Romans 7:18; Galatians 5:24; Romans 8:5) Other phrases meaning the same as the flesh include: the body of sin, sinful human nature, fallen human nature, sinful nature, fallen nature The term “flesh” can... More, 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 fightAlmost all talk of battles and wars when concerning a Christian life refers to the inner battle that arises when a sinful thought tempts you. God’s Spirit and the flesh are at odds. When you have decided to only do God’s will and are being led by the Spirit, a conflict between the flesh and the Spirit arises: there is... More a battleAlmost all talk of battles and wars when concerning a Christian life refers to the inner battle that arises when a sinful thought tempts you. God’s Spirit and the flesh are at odds. When you have decided to only do God’s will and are being led by the Spirit, a conflict between the flesh and the Spirit arises: there is... More against the lusts and desiresThe desires that we experience that go against God’s will. In other words, a desire for anything sinful. See James 1:14. Also called “sin in the flesh.” Although the expression “youthful lusts” is  often thought of in connection with sinful sexual desires, lusts include anything that go against what is good and right in God’s eyes. (2 Timothy 2:22.; Galatians... More 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 transformationThis is the process of sanctification, in which we our sinful human nature is gradually exchanged for divine nature when we in obedience to God’s will deny and put to death the sinful lusts in our flesh. (Romans 12:2; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 2 Peter 1:3-4)... More 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. (Colossians 1:21-22; Philippians 2:12)

There is no time to mess around, wasting our time in doing our own will. We are here to do God’s will, and to do that we need to be extremely humble, acknowledge our weaknesses as human beings, and go to the throne of grace“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16. Because Jesus was tempted, yet did not sin, it is possible for us to come to Him with boldness to receive grace. This grace is so we too shall not commit sin in our... More, where we get the help we need to overcome sin, as God intended and promised. (Hebrews 4:16) The Holy Spirit who led Jesus through His flesh will also lead us through ours. That’s why it is written in Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

God’s desire for us

We were foreknown and predestined to be conformed to the image of Jesus. (Romans 8:29-30) God’s desire for us is that we gain divine nature, which is eternal life. We are to overcome all sin, and in that process build the body of ChristThe body of Christ is made up of all of those who give their lives to serve God in order to come to the fullness of Christ. They work in the ministry that He has appointed them, which differs from person to person, for the edification of themselves and others to bring all to unity. It is made up of... More, the churchMany people use the word to denote the entire body of Christians, and others to describe a certain denomination or group or even the physical building that Christians gather in. The Bible makes it clear that the true church of Christ is made up of all those who deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Him. (Ephesians 2:19-22; Matthew... More, which will be to His glory both on earth and for all eternity. This is the very reason that He formed us so fearfully and wonderfully.

That’s why Paul exhorts us to “Walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-6. In that way, we keep our eternal calling and election sure. (2 Peter 1:10-11)

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