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The Purpose of Man

The Purpose of Man

Several ears ago U.S.A. Today released an article of a survey of the most frequently asked questions. At the top of the list, ”Why am I here?” That is an age-old question. We all want to know the answer to that question.

Sadly, in his quest to find an answer many a man, at his peril, has set to answer it for himself. We live in a age where “self-made men” are celebrated. We admire people who seem to know where they are going and how to get there. This latter statement is a good value BUT HOW CAN WE KNOW?

We must begin with God’s Plan and not seek to determine our own.
(Genesis 1:27, 28 NIV)

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” These verses at the beginning not only described man’s creation but state the purpose for which he is created. The answer to our question, “why am I here?” is given by God in the very opening passages of Scripture.

Here are THREE vital purposes God wants us to walk out:

1 – We were created to bear His Image. Look in the mirror right now. What do you see, or better yet, WHO do you see. Is there a self-centered, self-made, somewhat insecure, but masked by a hardened outer shell, man looking back at you? Has your life been peppered with failures and successes, some of which you are proud; others for which you’re ashamed. God wants us to be created by Him not ourselves. He “predestined [us] to be conformed to the image of his Son” Rom. 8:29.

That is why we MUST BE BORN AGAIN (John 3:3, 7). Put on Jesus Christ today to your family on the job, at school or wherever life takes you…it’s your God-given purpose.

2 – We were created to be fruitful and to increase. God destined you for success. But to enjoy God’s success plan you must do it God’s way. In two great promises for prosperity and success God set as an important perimeter, “meditate in my Word day and night”. Primarily He’s saying, “you can think whatever you want at other times, BUT DAY & NIGHT I want you to think MY thoughts” (Joshua 1:6 – 9; Psalm 1:1 – 3).

Being fruitful also means to reproduce. That certainly means through discipling our families to follow the Lord and his ways. But this also applies to having an impact on other men like the ministry of Multiply Men.

We must all be sure we leave a legacy. By the way, you’re leaving a legacy, the question is, “what will your legacy be?’

3 – We were created to rule and to have dominion. Just about all men love conquest movies where a man hero steps up the plate against all odds and takes his place as rightful ruler. It is a God-given drive in the heart of man to rule. Woefully, in an emasculated society men feel subdued and unqualified to lead.

But it is your destiny to take dominion and the leadership role. Your family needs you to, your work demands you take lead, and you church & community are asking you to step up and take charge…UNDER CHRIST’s leadership, of course.

Why are you here?

You were created to reveal to the world Christ’s love and character as a testimony of His transformative power. God made you to be successful to show his glorious greatness through you.

The Lord gave you dominion over the “god of this world” [Satan] and is waiting on you to place your foot on the Devil’s head and take dominion.

You were created to establish God’s rule on the earth through Christ. Step up to your destiny and be the man of God created you to be!

Mike Harrison
Senior Pastor of Church 212

Map From Above

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Map From Above

I hate being lost! Being unsure of where I should turn next is one of the things in life that drives me crazy. I need to have direction behind the wheel. If you are anything like me there may have been a time or two in your life, where you felt like you had no direction. Now as you and I both know, as men being lost is not something that is supposed to happen to us, and it’s a problem that we are definitely not supposed to stop to ask anyone about. But honestly I have been there. I have found myself at a place in my life where I didn’t know what to do and I didn’t know where to go. Now what?

Well just like most of you, I used the two most common things to help me find where I needed to go next: others and myself. But more often than not I have found that when those are the only two places I look to help me get back on track or find my next move, I end up more lost and more confused. So what is the answer? Who should we pull over for to ask directions from?

Look at what the Bible says in Proverbs 8:10-11  “Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.”

Hearing from God about where you and I should go next and what we should do when we get there, is worth more to us than that next great stock tip from a buddy. God wants to give us direction, wants to show us on the map of life what the next turn should be. The question is, “will we ask by going to His Word?” Now I can hear some of you now, “I have tried to go to the Bible, but half the time I can’t understand what it’s saying and half the time it doesn’t speak to the situation that I am in.” Well I have a verse for you. Luke 24:45 says, Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” This verse is speaking about what Jesus had to do to get His own disciples to understand what they were reading in God’s Word and if Jesus had to open the minds of the guys that hung out with Him everyday for three years, how much more should you and I go to Him and prayer and ask the same thing for our own minds! We need to pray and ask Him for understanding and wisdom. The Bible talks about our heavenly Father being one that wants to give good gifts to His kids, and that if we go to Him to ask for wisdom, He will give it to us liberally and without reproach.

So we prayed for understanding and we’ve gone to God’s Word and received the direction and wisdom that we needed, what’s next? James 1:22 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” (NIV) I don’t like being lied to and I definitely don’t want to lie to myself. But that is exactly what the Bible says we are doing if we hear (or read) God’s Word and then choose not to do it. That would be like suffering through the frustration of being lost while driving. Finally making the decision to swallow our pride and pull over for directions, receiving the correct turn that we are suppose to make, and then deciding to purposefully keep driving the wrong way (only to get more lost) just doesn’t make sense. Once we receive the direction we have been looking for it’s up to us to choose to make the correct turn. It’s up to us to choose to do what God tells us to do.

Tweet: The great thing is that unlike Siri who still occasionally makes mistakes, if we choose to take the direction that God gives, we will never get lost.

 Jeremy Carroll
Church 212 Family Pastor
@212Kids @JCarroll212