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!