How Can I know God's Will for My Life? Part 2


How Can I know God's Will for My Life?
Part 2: Why Did God Create Mankind?
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
April 24th, 2016
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How can I know God’s will for my life?  
We started looking at this important question last week and what we determined is that in order to answer this question we must first answer to two more questions:

Why did God create the universe? 
Why did God create mankind?

The answer to these questions will do two things for us.  First they will point us in the right direction to seek God’s will for our lives and second they will become litmus tests for us because God’s will for our lives will fall within the scope of the answer to these two questions.

So we started last week with the question “Why did God create the universe?” and what we learned was that God created the universe for His own pleasure and delight. Many Christians think that the universe was created for us, because He loves us so much; that God did all of this for the sake of us, His creations.  God does love us but that is not why He created the universe.  Ultimately God created the universe for His own pleasure and delight.

So now that we have some idea of why He created the universe, we can start in on the question…

Why did God create mankind?”  
Let’s take a moment to read the account of the creation of Mankind.

Genesis 1:26-28
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”
27 So God created man in His own image;
He created him in the image of God;
He created them male and female.
28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it.

Now in this scripture one of the first things that we see is that we are created in the image of God…and that means that we should resemble God, right?  Who else do we resemble?  Our parents…You’ve probably heard, at some point in your life, that you resemble your mom or dad and that is because we are born in our parent’s image and likeness.

So, this would seem indicate that God’s intention was for us to be His children.  In fact, it is often said that we are the Children of God. Let’s see if we can find more evidence that this was God’s intention…

John 1:12 “But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name,”

I Corinthians 6:9 “Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s kingdom?” (If the unrighteous wont inherit God’s kingdom, that means that the righteous (Christians) will…And who gets an inheritance?  Children.  )

Over and over, we see God, Jesus and the disciples refer to those who believe in Jesus as Children God. So, as we read through scripture it becomes clear that it is God’s intention for us to be His children…

As a quick side note…
Once sin entered the world this privilege was only extended to who believe in Jesus.  In other words, everyone is not a child of God, only those who accept Jesus as their savior.  
And secondly, scripture is clear that mankind is the only creature created in his image…the animals, the plants, the birds were not created in the image of God.

In a perfect world, why do people have children?
People have children to love them, to watch them grow, to see what they will grow in to and to share in all that they have.  In other words, people have kids for their own pleasure and delight.  And we were created to be God’s children: for Him to love and to watch us grow, to see what we will grow into and to share in His kingdom.

And that to me brings a smile to my face, when I understand why He created me and why He created man.

But something went wrong.
Sin… Mankind sinned and man’s sin separated the father from His children…

Isaiah 59:2 “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear”

This is part of the reason WHY HE HATES SIN SO MUCH…Because He loves His children so much but He cannot be with us.  

This is similar to a drug addict.  The desire and addiction to drugs is driving the drug addict away from his family.  His only goal when he wakes up is to find the next fix.  And the drugs begin to destroy his life and separate him from those who love him.

If you have ever seen the show Intervention…When a family has an intervention for someone, they offer them help.  And the choice they present is, either you take the help to get free from your addiction so that you can come and live and be a part of your family, or we have to end our relationship and you are on your own.

This is what sin does to our spiritual life.  It destroys us and drives us away from the father.  And God is giving us an intervention.  Our choice is either to accept Jesus Christ to save us from our sinful life, so that one day, we can spend eternity in Heaven with God or we can reject God’s offer of salvation and when we die, be cut off from God and His kingdom and spend eternity in Hell.

And so for now, those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, we are in a period of restoration.  And Here is what God asks us to do, here is the purpose of mankind.  

1. To keep His commands. 
- John 15:10 - If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love.

And all of these commands are based in one of two things…Loving God or Loving one another.

- Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?”
37 He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. 38 This is the greatest and most important command. 39 The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”

2. To spread the news of God’s offer of salvation and teach people to live in His commands.

- Matthew 28:19 “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

THESE THINGS ARE OUR NEW PURPOSE IN LIFE
1. To obey God’s commands, of which the two greatest are to love God and love one another…
2. And to spread the good news, and teach them all of God’s commands…

And God’s will for our individual lives…will fall within these purposes…

Okay So…what we have learned so far…
1. Originally God created the universe for His own pleasure and delight…
2. Originally God created man as His children for His own pleasure…to watch us grow and revel in our achievements…

Then sin entered the world…and changed everything.

Now, God will create a new heaven and a new earth…And he will repopulate with those who have accepted Jesus as their savior…

But until then, we live with a new purpose and a new set of instructions:
1. To Obey all that He commands us for the purpose of working towards restoration.  All of these commands are based in relationships: our relationship with Him and our relationship with one another.
2. And to spread the Good news of Jesus Christ and God’s offer of salvation.

Next week, we answer the question
How can I know God’s will for my life?


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