Thursday, October 8, 2009

We Exist for God

“We exist for God’s pleasure”, there was stunned looks around the table. So was the scene at a class I teach at Life School here in Salem. One student could not help blurting out, what an offensive concept. Yet this is clearly what the Bible teaches. We were created for God and for His glory. The reality of this offends our self-centered perception of reality. We tend to process this with the idea that God must be totally egocentric. Yet we can’t escape the reality that all things exist and are held together by Christ. We find our very existence completely dependent on the good will of God. We are God’s workmanship, yet still His possession.

I believe that as Christians we must come to grips with the fact that our life is not our own. We were bought with a price. God has the right to direct our life. The apostle Paul’s wrote, “has not the potter the right to make out of one part of his earth a vessel for honor, and out of another a vessel for shame?“

The ramifications of this should cause us to seek God, find his plan for our life and give ourselves to it.

Isa 64:8 But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; awe are all the work of your hand.