A beginning statement to ponder is that we can only really be the person God created us to be when God is the focal point of our existence and we surrender to His purpose for existence. The Bible says it this way, “The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him” (Romans 12:3, The Message). The truth is that we can never be who God created us to be until we are willing to surrender the life that we have created, are maintaining, and enduring to the potential life, which is possible by recognizing that God is the center of existence. It is all about God.
Have you ever wondered why you are who you are and why you are different from others around you? Read this poem and listen to the words as you say them aloud.
You are who you are for a reason by *Russell Kelfer
You are who you are for a reason.
You’re part of an intricate plan.
You’re a precious and perfect unique design,
Called God’s special woman or man.
You look like you look for a reason.
Our God made no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb.
You’re just what He wanted to make.
The parents you had were the ones He chose,
And no matter how you may feel,
They were custom-designed with God’s plan in mind,
And they bear the Master’s seal.
No, that trauma you faced was not easy.
And God wept that it hurt you so;
But it was allowed to shape your heart
So that into His likeness you’d grow.
You are who you are for a reason,
You’ve been formed by the Master’s rod.
You are who you are, beloved,
Because there is a God! (http://www.donnarosestewart.com/other/kelfer.html)
There are two important things to think about within these ideas. One is the issue of reason. God has a purpose for your life, but your purpose can only be found through surrendering to Him, not surrender to circumstances, sociology, or opinion –yours or others. Closely related is how some people see themselves or acquiesce to the status quo. As a result, many people see themselves as a failure or as a mistake. Therefore, the second issue that we need to understand about who God created us to be is that your conception, birth, life development, and challenges are not the result of a mistake of nature. Believe me, no matter what you see in the mirror or feel in your private thoughts; you are not an accident of biology, environment, or experiences. In the last post, “Why do you Exist”, the core question about why we exist presents a theme that life can be built around s the central purpose for existence.
Man’s First Purpose in Creation
From my personal spiritual background, I am reminded, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever. [Scriptures that supports this position are found in]: 1 Corinthians 10:31; Psalm 16:11; 37:4; 73:25-26; and Isaiah43:7. [The application of] To ‘Glorify’ does not mean make glorious. It means [to] reflect or display as glorious. Other words you could use for ‘end’ are ‘goal’ or ‘purpose’” (A Baptist Catechism).
How Did God Create Man?
The next question that relates to who God created us to be is answer in how God created people. “God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures. [Scriptures to support this position are in] Genesis 1:27-28; Colossians 3:10; and Ephesians 4:24. [To understand this better,] In saying that we were created after his image ‘in knowledge, righteousness and holiness,’ we do not mean we know all God knows, nor that we are a fountain of righteousness and holiness the way he is. We mean that we were capable of sharing his knowledge and righteousness and holiness in a relationship of trust and love unlike any other creature under the angels” (A Baptist Catechism).
Therefore, what we understand from scripture is that God had a plan, a purpose, and a design, which was not an accident of nature, events, or mistakes. The importance of who God created us to be was initiated long before we were conceived by our parents –you were conceived in the mind of God.
Affirmation of Faith
What the scripture teaches us about being who God created us to be is that while there are illegitimate parents, there are no illegitimate children. This is an important and helpful distinction for those of us who feel like we are the product of a mistake made by someone else! Therefore, the use of scriptures like Deuteronomy 23:2 to support illegitimacy in birth, “A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD”, clearly is not a reference to physical birth, parents, and marriage. Obviously, Deuteronomy 23:2 is a reference to someone who does not have a covenant relationship to God, which is a indication of an illegitimate connection to the church, religion, and spiritual life, as stated in Hebrews 13. As a point of reference to remind us who created believers to be in a familial relationship with Him, “They are reborn–not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God” (John 1:13, NLT).
Clearly this is an indication that we are not a mistake, freak of nature, or an aberration of evolution: we are God’s special creation. Therefore, we can be reminded that the person that God has created us to be, specifically disavows atheistic evolution. If you are wondering about who God created you to be, remember the first purpose for existence; “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever”. Therefore, be assured that it is abundantly clear that God is the reason alone for purposeful, divine creation.
- “Their Condemnation is Just”: Thoughts on Romans 3:1-8 (gracesatisfies.wordpress.com)
- Poem of Encouragement (saltthroughlight.wordpress.com)
- Shield- day 7 (theforgottenbattle.wordpress.com)
- I Am a Soldier in an Unseen War With an Unseen Enemy (coyfeetalksitup.wordpress.com)
- Genesis 1; Matthew 1; Ezra 1; Acts 1 (66books.wordpress.com)
- The World Was Made For You (corynikkel.com)
- “The Mystery Made Present To Us” by Fr. Alfred Delp, S.J. (insightscoop.typepad.com)
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