When you read and learn from the Word of God (Bible) one would be brought to this conviction that God brought the created order into being and claims ownership of the entire creation. As the Psalmist declared, “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it” (Ps. 24:1). The whole creation is the realm of the kingdom of God the place where GOD rules. And all ‘things,’ all creatures, are GOD’s servants (Ps. 119:91).
When you read the opening chapters of Genesis it affirms that everything was made with a purpose, that is, a role for service in God’s kingdom. That purpose is its meaning, the reason for its existence. I want you to think along with me: the vegetation is to bear fruit with seed in it according to its kind. Look at the whole solar system the sun, moon, and stars are there to light the earth, to separate the day from the night, and to serve as signs to mark season and years. The creatures in the sea, air, and land are to be fruitful and increase in number according to their kind. The man and women were created in God’s image with a unique and special purpose to be the caretakers of the creation.
Think about the potential of all the created entities especially Man, who has been created with an intrinsic value. The magnitude of that potential staggers the imagination. Think about the vast applications that have been put forth by humans because of the value given by God. From technologies to transportation that followed the discovery of the wheel, or how ideas like democracy, capitalism, and socialism have shaped human social relations. Consider the effects that theories like psychoanalysis or behaviorism have had on our understanding of human behavior. We have made discoveries about the natural environment, such as photosynthesis, and others related to human biologies, such as penicillin and DNA. Think about the development of art forms like literature, poetry, painting, sculpture, theater, music, and film. The expansion of human communication, including languages, printing, photography, sound recordings, radio and television broadcasts, satellite transmissions, and the internet. Now, this does not make us creators rather this reminds us of the highlight of our humanness. We are created for a purpose. We are accountable to God for the care and cultivation of human life. We are responsible to God for every action in this life.
In order to live out such a quality life, God has established principles for all of life and creation would see the evidence of His purpose in our lives. We inhabit a created order and not a world in chaos. And God’s principles in the Bible apply across the spectrum of life and the realization of those biblical principles enriches our lives and affirms God’s handiwork.
The Bible needs to be used not just for personal salvation but for right and faithful living. So remember you are valuable therefore your trust is important for deep and meaningful relationships; that justice is critical to good government and jurisprudence; that ecological stewardship is necessary for the health of our natural environment; that truth is essential in providing news and information; that discipline and diligence contribute to solid scholarship; and that creativity enlivens among all cultures. We are called to rely on the Word of God to prepare, inform, and correct us as we learn through observation, study, and experience of the life around us (2Tim.3:16). Seeing the unseen hands of God, hearing the voice of God, and experiencing the presence of God is what makes our lives meaningful.
You are created for a purpose. Let me ask you, Do you know that purpose? God has a great plan for your life. Seek it to know it, know it to live it, live it to be accepted!
1. “Why Hollywood Doesn’t Like You,” Christianity Today, August 10, 1998, pg 64
2. Terry Eagleton, The Idea of Culture (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000), 2.
3. Paul Tillich, Theology of Culture (New York: Oxford University Press, 1959), 42.
4. Kenneth A Myers, All God’s Children and Blue Suede Shoes: Christians and Popular Culture (Westchester, IL: Crossway Books, 1989), 51