Authentically You Day 2: Intentionally Created
So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27, ESV)
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:13-14, ESV)
As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness. (Psalm 17:15, ESV)
You have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. (Colossians 3:9-10, ESV)
Contrary to popular belief in the world today, we were not created by some accidental explosion. After all, what a tragic conclusion that would be. What would be the point in living if we were all just accidents, living out our days as a meaningless speck? The good news is that we are not accidents. We were all created intentionally and uniquely for a purpose. There is no part of us that God made by mistake or didn’t see coming. We were made for a specific purpose, but what is it exactly?
Before we think about our purpose from a spiritual standpoint, I’d like to look at what the world expects of us. In the world, the idea of purpose is not much different from that which we’d apply to our spiritual lives, but the outlets of purpose are far different. In the world we are expected to amass wealth, go after everything we want, and live for ourselves. If we do everything we want to do, we should be happy, right? As believers we know this to be false. Our sinful desires could never satisfy us like God can.
When I was younger (and sometimes even now), I was so confused by the idea of purpose. For so many years I believed that I was a mistake, so when I came out of that fog, the idea that I had a purpose felt all too overwhelming. What am I meant to do? How am I supposed to figure it all out? Although I am still quite young, I have come to the realization that my purpose is not quite as linear as I once thought it to be. I believed that I would gradually grow in purpose until I could reach the pinnacle of usefulness for God in which I would be doing amazing things. However, that’s not how God sees our purpose. Purpose is not a future-based concept; purpose is found in the present. Purpose is the who, what, where, when and how of what you can do for Him right now. We were all intentionally created to do what we can with what He has given us, right now.
God intentionally formed and molded you to fit perfectly into His great plan. He formed us in His image and intricately knitted us together exactly the way we are. We don’t need to be prettier or smarter or stronger than we are, because God made us and all our faculties purposefully. We should always seek growth, but even in growth we can still be authentic and true to who we are.
So, my challenge for you today is to shed off the expectations of the world. Instead, find your purpose in God. Seek out how you can be used by Him and for Him right now, whether at work, school, home, or the local church. Use your unique abilities to do what you can, how you can, when you can, and where you can—for Him.