This Cat out of the Bag series has been quite a journey. I’m not sure why, but I feel there have been so many words that have come up since I began that may be able to seen through a different lens. I plan on writing a second series on those words…or Cats…and letting them out of the bag as well. Until then…
God’s will is very similar to this post, however, I think there are some substantial differences in perspective. To read on God’s will, click here.
This Cat we are releasing from the Bag is purpose.
What is God’s purpose of creating earth and the human race?
Why am I here?
That is the “basic” question I will be addressing in this post. It is a huge question, with a potentially huge answer…or a simple one.
We have seen earth from many different angles, or ages. We have looked at prehistoric artifacts. What does prehistoric even mean anyway?
Like there’s something prior to history…?
Dinosaurs are in history. They are in time. They are during this history, this realm, this time. Prehistoric artifacts are just really old artifacts, right?
There was nothing about Fred and Wilma Flintstone, the modern Stone Age family, that planned for today, or prepared the world for what today has become. They worked the land, had babies, and hoped for the best for their legacy. They also did a little “island hopping” to discover new lands. There were three periods: Paleolithic; Mesolithic; Neolithic. Interestingly enough…these periods were named no earlier than the 19th century.
Ok, so, catch fish and sell one or two to your neighbor. You look ahead a little. Exploration increased as new places gave way to new identities and cultures and boats were the “in” thing. In ancient Egypt, there were different dynasties that arose during this period. These dynasties were segmented by three different kingdoms…the old, middle and new kingdom. Of course, that is what we call them today. Not sure what they called them then.
Rose folks that began to create fish hatcheries and fish processing plants to export and sell to the masses. Future cast, look to leave a legacy over two or three generations. Being a blacksmith was the new, hot career choice. You got to fashion the weapons, and other things of iron, for your village. Writing also began during this period. There was no longer stories, but writing. Therefore, history could begin to be documented for the human race.
Then there’s the Middle Age, the Modern Age, the Space Age. Whew! And some people are talking about the Post-modern Age!
Like little kids say, “Are we there yet?”
Through all of these ages and time periods, the purpose develops a little, but mostly stays close to the home unit with some growth and expansion mixed in. Could there be a greater purpose for our lives? Could we be here for a larger reason than just to survive, or just to create commerce, or just to expand our own ideals, or just to affect the world in a positive way so our kids can have a green planet when we die?
Are we there yet?
I say yes.
Talk about pre-historic! I have discovered a purpose that spans over all of these ages. It even was before the stone age that this purpose was established and continues to play out today throughout the Modern Age or Post-modern Age, or whatever Age we are currently in.
To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him. (Ephesians 3:8-12 NASB)
This purpose is mentioned by Paul as eternal.
Administration of the mystery.
For ages, hidden in God.
I recently went on a scavenger hunt, of sorts, with the brothers in the group of believers I gather with. The sisters had planned an “amazing race” for the brothers. They had given us a starting point and a few stops along the way.
At each of these stops there were events or activities we would have to accomplish or achieve before getting our clue to the next stop. Sometimes the activities were difficult. Sometimes they were hard. There were feats of strength and mental brain teasers.
To go through this journey knowing there was a finish line made all the difference!
You see, there was an administration of the mystery that was hidden in the sisters.
They knew the steps.
They knew the path.
They knew the challenges.
They knew the amazing race they had set before us.
They also had a purpose for this race.
Their purpose for us brothers was to allow us to be men, to be brothers in the pursuit of victory! What a glorious picture of our Groom, Jesus Christ.
See if you can see Christ in this:
We arrived at the starting line at 11:30 am on Sunday. They were cheering! They were welcoming us into the race!
We were given NEW identities in groups of threes…mostly. Two groups of four. I was placed on the yellow team! We’re were all given NEW shirts!
We were given NEW “rules” for this NEW adventure.
We were given NEW equipment to carry on this race. Yes it was a burden, but it was light.
Through our stops we would find a sister with a white t-shirt on that would allow us to SEE our next adventure. They manifested this purpose in each of the locations that were pre-determined by the sisters.
We journeyed and found sisters cheering us on, helping us through the stations, keeping us encouraged as we pursued our finish line.
The last event was a rather physical challenge that had brothers and sisters yelling for us and cheering us on. We were surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, pushing us and loving us to the finish line.
When we finished, there was a celebration, a rest, a place of nourishment, a place of refreshment.
Then we were reminded of our identities in Christ.
What a glorious time of how the Lord has built His House together!
Ending around 8:30 pm, the whole evening was a beautiful picture of the purpose of the sisters edifying their brothers and testifying to their identity in Christ. And of course, this points to Christ as the Purpose of the “amazing race” we went on.
This is a great picture of this life we have been given. The Lord has an Eternal Purpose, from before time and after time. There have been different ages, and probably will continue to produce more ages. The purpose of these ages is to complete them and see Christ. The purpose of creation is to present the Identity of Christ and testify to Christ and lift up Christ and to rest in Christ!
Back to the first two questions:
What is God’s purpose of creating earth and the human race?
Why am I here?
To see Christ. To be in Christ. To express Christ to this age.
What a Purpose! Won’t you join Him?!
My belief is that as you receive His Purpose as your purpose, and His Will as your will…
Christ is glorified in His Church. Heaven meets earth. The Promised Land is entered.
So, may you experience His Purpose…not for your life…but for His Purpose.
And if there is any way you can sit and listen to this talk, Frank Viola speaks on the Eternal Purpose. It could change your life…if you let it!
What does Eternal Purpose mean to you in this Age?