The Reason God Created Us
I know that not everybody believes in God or will acknowledge His existence due to either some tragic event in their life, their upbringing, or whatever other reason they have, but that is no excuse for being selfish, judgmental, or to criticize in hurtful and negative ways. And Children of God, or those who know God’s word have even less of an excuse to be unloving or judgmental, for they know better. God did not create us to hate one another, to be selfish, judgmental, or to be alone. He tells us in Genesis 2:18, “Then the Lord said, ‘It is not right for man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” Jesus warns us in Matthew 7:1-2 “Do not judge others, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, it will be measured to you.” In John 15:12, Jesus commands us, “This is my new commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” So we are here to be loving, compassionate, without judgment, and to help make people’s lives better, not to bring them down. Regardless of whether or not people believe, and everybody should so they do not come to the rude awakening on Judgment Day that God exists and that it is too late to be made right with Him, everyone has a conscience. It is just a matter of listening to it or not. Without knowing about God, or even without acknowledging that you do know about God, it should come naturally to be loving and compassionate. When you act selfish, hateful, judgmental, critical in a mean way, or any other behavior that is unloving, you are actually going against your true nature. God created all of us, both the believers and non-believers so isn’t it right that we all then act lovingly and not with hate or selfishness or greed?
While on the subject of compassion, I don’t know who has heard of Robin William’s death last week and who grew up watching him and laughing at his silliness and craziness on screen, but he lost a battle with depression. It was public knowledge that he had battled with depression and he finally gave up on life completely yesterday and took his own life, or that is what the reports of his death say. It got me thinking about other people who took their own life because of depression and feeling unloved and unappreciated and not realizing how valuable their life is to the people in their lives and also possibly to some people they have never met but have had a positive impact on due to a kind act they did anonymously or their career. How many teens and young adults, and other people overall who have committed suicide, would still be alive today if all of their family members and people outside their family had taken a moment to say a kind word to them or encourage them, or give them a hug if it looked like they could use one. What? Hug a stranger? Maybe, and maybe not. It can depend on the person who would be receiving the hug (if they look rigid then it would be understandable to choose to speak a kind word instead of hugging them). The truth is, too many people today are either selfish and uncaring, or they are too absorbed in their own drama or the cares of the world, to notice when someone in their life or when a stranger they come across is feeling down and could use a smile, hug, or encouragement, a word of kindness, or some other seemingly small but kind gesture. It might seem small to you, but you never know what one “small gesture” or act of kindness can do for someone, how it could brighten their day and uplift their spirits. So take time to notice who in your life, whether someone you know or a stranger, may be in need of help, love, encouragement, or even a smile or a hug and whatever the person stands in need of, when you have what they need then give whatever it is to them and God will bless you for it because you could be saving a life.
To Christians, as children of God. we are to show love and compassion for one another, including to our enemies, and we are to be observant to see who in our lives, or someone who God puts in our path (a stranger) needs our compassion to lift them up out of their depression. We cannot claim to be followers of Christ or children of God if we do not show love for others, for it is written in Scripture in 1 John 2:9-10, “If anyone claims, ‘I am living in the light,’ but hates others, that person is still living in darkness. Anyone who loves others (some versions may say “a fellow believer in both verses) is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble.” I encourage you today to pray to God to reveal to you someone who could use your compassion or help and then when God reveals the person to you, reach out to them in the way you are feeling instructed to, and you could make a world of difference in that person’s life.
It is also good to speak kind words to yourself and make sure what you say about yourself and speak over your life is in alignment with what God says. And when you are in the process of lifting up another person, it is good to let them know that God loves them, and Jesus. They can choose whether or not to believe it but at least you tried, which is what God wanted you to do. Also, be sure to speak God’s blessings over your life, your health, your family, your friends, your job, and your finances. What you speak over these things is what will come to pass. Make sure that you use your words to bless and not curse, for it is written in scripture in Proverbs 18:21, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” You reap what you sow. How much better to sow blessings to reap the rewards of blessings?
We were not created to be judgmental or cruel or hateful towards others. What you say affects people and it either builds them up or tears them down. If you look down on someone for not having a paying job and just make assumptions left and right as to why they don’t have a job instead of realizing that it is none of your business and that God is the one who supplies people’s needs (your own and others too), then you are tearing people down with your negative words and mindset. Instead, you should be making sure that what you are doing is right in God’s eyes and not judging someone else (read Matthew 7:3-5). Or if you tell someone they look “pretty” now that they are losing weight, with the implication that before, when the person was overweight, that they were not pretty, then you are not just insulting the person, but God. God created everyone and everything so whenever you say that someone or something is ugly, you are insulting their creator, God, as well. Think about that next time you open your mouth to speak. My mother taught me growing up, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Another truth is, you have no idea what the person on whom you are looking down on is going through and you have no clue as to why things are the way they are and why it looks like the person is either not doing anything or is being slow at doing something. Just because you don’t see what you think the person should be doing being done, does not mean that they are not doing what they are meant to be doing. Only God can judge that. And everyone is beautiful in their own way. It is inner ugliness you need to watch out for and being judgmental or cruel with your words or actions towards someone is what is truly ugly. Whenever you show love, compassion, understanding, and (when needed) forgiveness, you are radiating beauty inside and out! Radiate in Christ (by acting more like him) and inner beauty by letting the Holy Spirit guide your words and actions with compassion and love.
God is God alone, there is no other. It is written in Isaiah 46:9, “Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me.” There should be no other God or idol that comes before Him and that includes money. Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:24, “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” In Proverbs we are told that if we put our security or trust in money that we will not succeed (Proverbs 11:28), but that if we trust in God and are generous to others (by “giving freely”), then we will succeed (Proverbs 11:24) and be refreshed (Proverbs 11:25). Now trust is not actually mentioned in any of those verses, but it is unsaid and understood because when you give freely to others and refresh them then you are trusting God to restore to you what you gave to someone else. And let us not remember the first commandment of the 10 commandments, found in Exodus 20:3, states: “You must not have any other god but me. 4 “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. 5 You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. 6 But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.” Verses 3-4 tell us we must not worship any other god and then verses 5-6 tell us both the consequences of allowing anything else to be more important than God, and the reward for only worshiping the One True God. If you want to live a blessed and prosperous life, then make God number one in your life and trust Him to give you all things you need (Matthew 6:33). Worrying about money or making it a priority above all else to make it, and being stingy with giving, is making money your god instead of God and that makes Him jealous (go back to read the first commandment and He tells us He is a jealous God and that is why we must serve only Him). When we truly believe in God and in His mighty supernatural power and when we believe in His love for us individually as well as a whole, then you won’t worry about paying bills or keeping a roof over your head, and you will not worry about running out of food or water/beverage to drink because you live on the faith that God will supply these needs for you and you know that God is faithful. Our part is to believe in God and take actions in faith (and obey His most important commandment to love Him and one another (and have a healthy love for ourselves too) and trust God to do what we cannot do and to discuss our plans with God and alter what goes against His will. He is not against us working, for He tells us we are to be hard workers, but He also tells is there is a time for rest and to trust Him to supply our needs when we need them.
God created us to be loving, compassionate, and to be in groups and families (social). He created us to help look after all of the animals, vegetation, and all of the earth (Genesis 1:28-29). God created us in His image (Genesis 1:27) and to have a right and loving relationship with us based on faith (look in Romans 4 and look at the example given in Abraham and how he never wavered in believing God’s promise to him), for as Hebrews 11:6 says, “it is impossible to please God without faith.” God created us to depend on Him for everything. We need to do our part by believing in God and having a relationship with His Son Jesus based on faith, and by putting our faith into action (James 2 talks about this). God will supply all of our needs (Philippians 4:19). When we work hard serving the Lord and are able to make a living (earn money) off of it, then that is just a bonus for the extra things like our own house, car, and paying bills, and stuff. But God will supply the roof over our head, food to eat, water to drink, and clothes to wear. We must have love for God, a healthy love for ourselves, and a godly love for others in order to live the way we are supposed to, the way God created us to. These are the reasons why God created us and when we live our lives as we should, it not only pleases God, but brings Him great glory and honor. And when we do this, we will benefit both while we are still here on earth, and after Jesus’ 2nd Coming because we will be found to be upright and enjoy the treasures we store up now in Heaven by living upright I’m God’s eyes, and will spend eternity enjoying these treasures and the presence of Jesus and God eternally in the new heaven to come. If this sounds good to you, and you have not yet given your life to Christ (through baptism), then read up on why baptism is important to God in the Scriptures (Matthew 28:18-20, John 3:3-7, Acts 2:38, and Galatians 3:27 are good places to begin to gain this understanding and then, also take notice that in each of the Gospels, Jesus is baptized also before receiving the Holy Spirit), and once you understand why you’re doing it, get baptized and be cleansed to receive the Holy Spirit and live your life for Christ. God does not promise us a problem-free life, but He does promise to be there through it all and to bring us out of our difficulties better off than we were before. Just look to the book of Job. He let Satan test Job and through it all, Job’s faith remained intact through it all and God gave him twice as much as he had before the testing and trials. God rewards the faithful and the faith-filled. Jesus told us he can work with faith as small as a mustard seed, so let us let our faith grow bigger and stronger than that, but if it starts off as small as a mustard seed, don’t worry because Jesus can work with that.