This week’s post comes from writer and speaker, Ellen Mongan.
Why did God make you?
Not only did God make you to “know Him, to love Him and to serve Him and to be happy with him in heaven”; God made you for a purpose. Yes, you are fearfully and wonderfully made for a purpose. You are created by God to do great things. “For thus says the LORD: only after seventy years have elapsed for Babylon will I deal with you and fulfill for you my promise to bring you back to this place. For I know well the plans I have in mind for you — oracle of the LORD — plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart,” Jeremiah 29: 10-13)
In this Easter season we celebrate Jesus our Savior, whose death brought us life. Jesus is God’s gift to us. Our lives are to be our thank you gift back to God in response to His unfailing love.
God had a purpose for each bible character. Let’s look at some of them.
Joseph was favored by his dad, Jacob. What did his daddy give him to show his love? A coat of many colors! What did his brother’s get? Jealous! Joseph went from “Bragging Brother” to the man with the most Brotherly Love. God doesn’t always change our circumstance but truly he changes our hearts along the way. God never departed from Joseph whether he was at the right hand of the King or given an unjust jail sentence. You might say that, “In this world we have much tribulation but our God delivers us out of it all.” Joseph lived out that scripture. God raised him up to be the right hand man to the Pharaoh, where he was able to provide for his family during the famine. God put him in the right place at the right time, with a small detour by way of a prison cell. Joseph was fearfully and wonderfully made! God had a plan for Joseph’s life.
Hannah, while barren, wept from the depth of her soul for a child. Her prayer was answered. She birthed a bouncing baby boy named Samuel. God fulfilled her heart’s desire but her prayer answer came at a price. Once Hannah weaned her son Samuel, she gave him back to God as she promised. Samuel was to be a great prophet and priest. Samuel was raised by the priest Eli, who also taught him the faith. Hannah’s sacrifice, of giving her son back to God, won souls to the kingdom of God. Hannah was fearfully and wonderfully made! God had a purpose for Hannah’s life.
Mary’s “Yes,” of surrender to God opened her womb to house the Savior of the world. His birth brought forth God’s plan for redemption. His death brought us life. What life will your surrendered, “Yes,” bring to this world? Mary was fearfully and wonderfully made! God had a purpose for Mary’s life.
Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin, though old in years, brought a young man into the world named John. He became the forerunner of the birth of Christ. His message became the message for all times. “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” Elizabeth was fearfully and wonderfully made! God had a purpose for her life.
Joseph was a gentle giant of a man. He was called to be the foster father of Jesus, God’s son. His role was to protect, provide, and be the head of the Holy Family. He was Mary’s husband in every way except physically. Mary was a virgin. Joseph had the fruit of self-control. God chose a man who could parent His Son on this earth. Joseph proved trustworthy. Joseph was fearfully and wonderfully made! God had a purpose for Joseph’s life.
When we read about the different people in the Bible, what did they all have in common? They all sought God with their whole heart. They all became empty vessels and desired God to fill them. They all placed their trust in God alone. All came to a mountain in their lives that they could not move. They all came to a point in their lives where they knew, like St. Teresa of Avila, “God alone suffices.” They believed their faith with all their heart. They knew firsthand that God is, and was, and is to come. They knew and experienced the words of the song, “How Great Is Our God!!” Their surrender “Yes,” to God changed their lives forever. They continued to live their lives in the power of the Holy Spirit. Then they became an example of God’s love and grace in this world, actively winning souls for the kingdom of God.
Sisters in Christ, are you there yet? Have you come to that point in your walk that your heart is crying out, “I need you now Lord?” Are your hearts crying out with John the Baptist, “More of Jesus, less of me?” Are you lost in the desert, like Moses and the Israelites waiting for the Red Sea to part? Are you wailing in prayer like Hannah for God to give you the desire of your heart, and the wait seems way too long? Are you running away like Peter or are you afraid to go forward like Moses? Have you come face to face with a mountain in your life that you cannot move? OR have you already heard the Lord reveal His plan for your life deep in your heart like He did when the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary? However the plan seems too impossible to ever be fulfilled?
I come to bring good news. You are right. It is impossible! It is impossible to move the mountain — without God, that is. With God, however, all things are possible!
When we come to that place where we have discovered the world has nothing that will truly satisfy; when we have the desire to be a woman after God’s own heart, like David was a man after God’s own heart, it is then that God begins to reveal our own hearts to us. We quickly realize how holy He is and how much we need to change.
Matthew had to change careers from a cheating tax collector to a disciple of Christ. Peter had to give up his pride. Paul had to change his religion. Mary had to give up her reputation. What do you have to give up in your life to make room for Christ?
We serve a God who is bigger than life itself. Our Heavenly Father created us, each unique. We are, fearfully and wonderfully made for His Divine purpose. It is in His presence that you come to know the real you. His divine purpose for your life is to do a work that no one else can do. Our God loves you, just as much as He loved David. He likes you too. Your life counts! You are in this world to make a difference. In this big world, no matter how small you feel, you were created to make a big difference for Christ. You are to touch lives. You are to be the hands and feet of Christ in your own family and in your own neighborhood.
Today, let us take some time to prayerfully get to know God a little better, to get to love God a little more fervently, to decide to serve God a little more diligently. Let us set our hearts on the things above. Let us willingly and prayerfully seek His purpose in our lives. Finally let us make a decision to work with His Holy Spirit daily so as to fulfill His calling in our lives.