The great debate of the specific time a human being is formed once a sperm and egg are joined together will probably continue as long as men live upon this earth. I don’t claim to have the answer but God does. However, at some point before we are actually born into this world and take our first breath, we are eternal beings – created in the image of God.
We are sacred creatures of a sacred God whether we recognize it or not. Once we understand God created man for the specific purpose to glorify Him, our perspective of life will radically change. Our focus and desire in life will become to worship, adore and exalt Him. This should be our daily objective and aspiration every moment we live upon this earth.
When we see ourselves from God’s perspective, our heart will desire to please and honor Him. We will begin to crave His presence and seek His face. We are now living in eternity even though we have not yet passed from this life into time without end. Once we recognize this, serving, glorifying and exalting the name of Jesus will take on new meaning to our finite and limited mind. We will better understand God created us for eternity and we are not on this planet to simply survive.
I believe God created each person from the moment of conception to this present moment to the predetermined purpose to be with Him in eternity; however, the choice of where we will spend eternity is up to us. We must accept Christ as Savior. Today is the day of decision. Will we seek to please and honor Him or seek our own will to satisfy our flesh?
Here are just a few scriptures to prove the purpose and motive of God for each of our lives. We were created to be vessels of honor to and for God.
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13 NASB
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. Genesis 2:7 NASB
Everyone who is called by My name, and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom I have made.” Isaiah 43:7 NASB
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, “I, the Lord, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself and spreading out the earth all alone, Isaiah 44:24 NASB
God spoke specifically to the prophet Jeremiah and revealed to Jeremiah the enormity of His plan to use Jeremiah even before Jeremiah was born:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
Jeremiah had to make the choice whether he would be obedient to God and accept the mission of a prophet or choose to walk on his own path in life. He chose to be obedient to God though he suffered much in his obedience to honor and glorify God. He lived life from an eternal perspective not a temporal one. He fulfilled God’s plan for his life.
Often we think of revival as a time in which we will live in majesty, jubilation and excitement. We become excited with expectation that revival and refreshing in the presence of God will allow us to live above the sorrows, pain and agonies of our temporal abode upon the face of this evil and sin filled society. In reality, the will of God may be the opposite of our expectation. Instead of a life of splendor and grandeur, God may be calling us to a life dedicated in obedience to His will in which we will suffer loss while living in our sinful culture. Our circumstances and status in life may not be as pleasant as what we would logically choose. Whether we will live in a state of contentment and gratitude while suffering loss for the cause of Christ is a decision that is often formed when God brings us into the time and place of revival – a time in which we make eternal choices. We must remember we are not living in the kingdom of this world but in an eternal kingdom ruled and blessed by the presence of King Jesus. This is what revival is all about – learning that God has placed us temporally upon this earth and it is not our final home.
God created us and has given most of us the mental ability and capacity and freedom to make choices in life – wise or unwise but eternal. He created man so we become what we focus on. When we truly see Christ through the lens of eternity, it is life altering and life changing. It is momentous. Only choices made in obedience to the will and purpose of God for our life will give us freedom in this life as eternal creatures.
Is your belief, attitude and obsession focused on the horizon of the temporal lifestyle of this earth or upon the perspective of eternity, a viewpoint and outlook that will endure, outlast and live longer than this life and shape our decisions today that will glorify Christ for eternity?
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:14