Why Did God Create Man?
God created man for fellowship (Zechariah 2:10). Parents bring children to life for this same reason. God is our Heavenly Father and yearns to have children to love. Paul wrote about this relationship to the believers, “you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15).
By nature, we had no claim on God. His work of adopting us shows His infinite love. This means that, as adopted sons, we are now under His care. So, in loving appreciation, we should reveal the spirit of children in living in obedience to His will, which is revealed in His Word (Romans 8:12).
Life is a chance given by God to us to develop that relationship with Him (Philippians 3:10). Created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27), we have the opportunity to know God and therefore love Him, worship Him, serve Him, and fellowship with Him (Leviticus 26:12).
Man’s Freedom of Choice
God created humans with the freedom of choice, that is, to accept God’s love or reject it (Deuteronomy 30:19). Sadly, humans chose to submit to the devil (Genesis 3:6). And the evil one stole their eternal life. And because of man’s wrong choices, death, misery and pain entered the world (Genesis 3). The Lord’s hands are tied by man’s choices; He has no alternative but to render to every person according to his works (Matthew 6:33).
The ultimate purpose in man’s life is that he “should seek the Lord, if haply” he “might feel after him, and find him” (Acts 17:27). But most people are busy in laboring “for the meat which perishes” (John 6:27), for the water for which, when he drinks, he will thirst again (John 4:13). Most people “spend money for that which is not bread” and “labor for that which satisfied not” (Isaiah 55:2).
Too often people tend to make the material things of this world the center focus of our goal in life, in the fleeting hope that the Almighty will at the end of our lives still give them eternal life. But the Lord wants people to make first things first, and promises us that things of less value will be added to each according to his need.
God in His great and infinite mercy offered His Son to die instead of man to save him from the penalty of his own sin. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). Now any man that accepts God’s offer of salvation, believes in Christ, and lives as He lived, will be saved eternally (John 1:14). And God will give him all the power and grace necessary to overcome and live a godly life in this world (John 1:12). But those that reject God’s offer of salvation will have to die for their own sins (John 3:36).
God’s love for mankind is the greatest love story ever told. There is no greater love than this that someone may die for those whom he loves (John 15:13). Its amazing that the Creator would condescend to call humans “friends” and “children” (John 15:14-15). The Bible declares that nothing can separate people from God’s love. “Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39). Therefore, we should, thankfully, give the Lord our unreserved trust and obedience.
In His service,