Created Not to Be Wasted
"Felt like I was missing the real point of existing."
Have you heard about an invention which is totally useless? Might as well throw that thing to the garbage bin. An invention is typically derived from its purpose. Think about it. Perhaps, the one who discovered trash cans was trying to devise a way for orderly waste disposal. Likewise, creations were created for a reason. Even the seemingly insignificant ones is functional. For instance, an earthworm helps making soil good enough so plants will grow healthy (University of Illinois Extension, n.d.). Plants of which some are food for humans. See, so nothing which is crafted by GOD is unprofitable. And if worms live by their design, how much more you should. But how can you if you don’t know what you are for?
Have you ever bumped in a dog meowing rather than barking? Have you ever seen a butterfly swimming in a pond? That’s crazy if there were. Notice that these creatures knew they were meant to bark and fly not to “meow” nor to swim. Maybe you are thinking now that you’ve already figured it out. I’m a man so probably I was intended to work? Could be, but the question is still for what? Or better yet, for whom? To earn for a living, you say. For my family and loved ones. I was made for them and they, too, for me. The end! Convinced? Are you satisfied with these? Or are you still searching for an answer that will satisfy your very being for you know in your heart there is so much more than that. I have felt this when I was about to take my second year in college. Felt like I was living but not really. Felt like I was missing the real point of existing. I feared that my life would end wasted.
That was a time when I was so down because I didn’t get to be admitted in my “dream” university where I had hoped to transfer to. Frustrated, I asked GOD “why?”. Why didn’t He answered my prayers so I could pursue a career in Psychology there? At that moment of despair, I found on my Aunt’s bookshelf, a book entitled “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. It was a piece I was curious reading about long before that incident. I opened it on the first pages and read, “You must build your life on eternal truths, not pop psychology...”(Warren, 2006). Oh yeah, that’s for me! I continued reading until I came across the verse that changed my life forever. It answered my questions “What am I for? Why do I live?”. This is it: “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”(Colossians 1:16, New International Version). All things have been created through Him and for Him. So, a life worth living is life lived for Jesus. I was made for Him. You were made for Him. We find our purpose in our Creator. We find the meaning of our lives in Him. He designed each of us uniquely. We have been given different personalities, talents and gifts. But all that we are and everything we have are for Him who has fashioned us for Himself. And what I mean by “for Himself” is for us to enjoy an intimate relationship with Him, for His glory. I believe that He made us to love us and part of that love is the privilege He has given us to delight ourselves in Him through Worshipping Him, serving Him with all of our passions, knowing & experiencing Him, and by just simply conversing with Him. When Adam and Eve were formed, God’s plan was not for them to till the soil. Every plant in the Garden of Eden, before sin came, was grown by GOD (Genesis 2:9, New International Version) so they need not labor for food. GOD provided their necessities because, I suppose, GOD desired to fellowship with them.
This relationship with GOD was broken when Adam and Eve yielded to satan’s temptation to them to eat the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God has forbidden them to do that but they disobeyed Him. This is the sin that we have inherited from them. Sin separated us, humans, from GOD (Isaiah 59:2, New International Version). Well, God loves us so much but He is a Holy GOD and a sinner cannot cohabit with Him. But still, His love for us is so great He made a way for us to restore our ruined relationship with Him and open the doors of Heaven for us so we, again, could dwell with Him. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, New International Version). Jesus, the Son of GOD, died for us on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins and our salvation from being eternally isolated from GOD (being hell-bound). Whoever (which implies whatever your nationality or age or status is, whatever you’ve done in the past, whatever you’ve been through, whatever!) believes in Him, receives Him as personal Lord and Saviour, shall not perish but have everlasting life. If you haven’t done this by faith but are ready now, you could follow this simple prayer: “Jesus, I humbly admit that I am a sinner. Forgive me and cleanse me from all my sins. Thank You for loving me so much that You gave Your life for me. I believe that You, Jesus, are Lord. I believe that You died on the cross but was resurrected on the third day to save me from being hell-bound because of my sins. I receive You, Jesus, in my heart as my personal Lord and Savior. From now on, reign in my life.”.
This is the start of your new adventure with GOD – real life. Having been reconciled with Him through the Lord Jesus Christ, you can now live for His praise. You can now be confident in Christ that you’re not going to have an unfulfilled, wasted existence.
Wait, what happened to me? I, also, accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I learned from that book I told you earlier that Jesus is the only way to the Father in Heaven. John 14:6 for your reference. Furthermore, I realized that the reason my prayers weren’t getting answered by Him before was because sin was a barrier between us. But not anymore since Jesus entered my life. He, then, led me to a local church family nearby where I serve Him through worship leading, Sunday school teaching and sharing His Word to an outreach. Eventually, He made me an engineer. His plans for me are really far better than mine. And If you’re wondering when this article would end, it’s now. Let’s finish here. I would like to share to you more about my amazing experiences with Jesus. See you on my next blog!
University of Illinois Extension. (n.d.). Can’t Live without Me. Retrieved from http://extension.illinois.edu/worms/live/
Warren, R. (2006). The Purpose Driven Life. Chagrin Falls, Ohio: Zondervan.
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