This might strike you as an odd topic. Have you ever wondered about this? Most people have probably not. What’s the purpose of human beings? If you think about it, every single created thing have a purpose. No one would create something to simply NOT use it?
So, how about it? When you think about it now, why did God create humans?
Well, in my experience with people, and especially christians, I’ve noticed that most people seem to think the same things. When thinking about what God wants from people, most will feel that they have the answer: “Well, God wants us to be good. God wants us to obey Him. He wants us to expand His kingdom.” Has that been your thinking as well? Though these are important, they are not the main reasons God created us…
What does the Bible say? Let’s use 2 scriptures. One right at the beginning and another right at the end of the Bible. This will give us a pretty good idea of what’s in between…
“And God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” - Genesis 1:26
I’m going to come back to this. For now, simply notice that there is no mention of work or obedience. It says that we were created in God’s image and that we were to have dominion. In other words, rule over the earth.
So why were we created in His image? God created all living things. Yet no animal, fish, bird or even the angels were created in God’s image. Humans were though. Why?
Think about your best friend for a minute. Why is this person your best friend? I’d guess that you have a lot in common? You probably feel the same way about the important things, share a sense of humor and enjoy the same kind of activities. Am I right? So, you are kind of similar? Your friend is like you in some way.
So, in the first place, we were created in God’s image, so that we would be able to have relationship with God…
If that seems like a new way of thinking, the second scripture might surprise you even more:
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are, and were created.” - Revelation 4:11
This states the reason for our being created very clearly: We were created for God’s pleasure.
If you have the ‘work mentality’ I mentioned earlier or like so many people, view God as very angry and strict, this will definitely be a new perspective. God did not create us to work for Him.
Parents don’t have a baby because they need someone to do the dishes or mow the lawn. They have a baby to expand the love that’s between them. They want to share that love with an extension of themselves. The baby is born in their image… The relationship gives them pleasure. There were already perfect love in the Godhead. God wanted to expand this to His children: Humans, in His Own image.
This is incredibly important for us to grasp. This is why so many people struggle to live good lives with a clean conscience before God. People generally feel like they are not good enough. This comes from the skew perspective many of us have of God. We have this idea that God is constantly watching us to critique our performance.
But, what if God was watching us, not to crit us, but to enjoy us? This says everything about the real Father’s heart of God. He loves us with a perfect love. He watches us like a loving parent watches his children. In fact, the Bible says that God not only has love, but HE IS LOVE… Every single thing God does, is motivated by love. Even His judgement comes from His love for man. He hates sin, not the sinner, simply because it hurts the object of His affection: Once again, humans.
Let’s throw in a third verse from somewhere in the middle of the Bible. May this be the final nail in the coffin of your old way of thinking about our loving heavenly Father. May God bless you with even more revelation on His indescribable love for you and may it bring about a relationship with Him like you have never experienced before:
“The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.” - Zephaniah 3:17 AMP