Life is a Mystery...or is it?
Being the last of three daughters, I was a suprise to my
parents who were being very cautious about not having any
more children. At the age of 30 my mother found out she
was expecting her third child, and not very happy about it at
that. All my life growing up I was constantly reminded how I
was not planned for and consequently not really wanted. But
thank goodness I was a good baby and actually turned out
to be the best thing that ever came along. But, having this
thought in the back of my head, it kind of formed the way I
grew up. I actually believed that I was a "mistake" and
therefore should not have been born in the first place.
Where do misfits fit in? I know that my mother did not mean
to instill these thoughts in me but they did have a major role
in my self confidence.
It wasn't until a couple of years ago actually that I came to
realize that I was not a mistake, and even though I came as
a big surprise to my partents, I was called forth to become
something by a God who knows us even before we are
formed in our mother's womb.
I now know that life is not a secret, God has a plan for each
and every one of us. How do I know this you may ask. Once I
became saved, I started getting strong in the Word of God
and He has answers to every question we may ever have.
The answer to what my purpose is and yours too for that
matter can be found in the book of Ephesians.
Ephes. 1:4 According as He hath chosen us in Him before
the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and
without blame before Him in love.
Ephes. 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of
children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good
pleasure of His will.
This tells us that He chose us even before He formed the
earth so that we would be holy and set apart to fellowship
with Him. He has us picked out to become heirs of His
kingdom through His Son Christ should we choose to be
His child through adoption.
As He created the first man and woman in His own image,
He commanded them to be fruitful and multiply and have
dominion over every living creature on earth. Just what is the
image of God? His image is shown through all His
attributes which are Love, Gentleness, Kindness, Humility,
Unselfishness...all that is good and holy. As God is the
trinity, defined as three seperate entities, so He also created
man in three parts, the body, mind and spirit. The body
represents our carnal man, the part that is destined to die,
the mind is our will and emotions and our spirit is what
connects us to God's Spirit. We were created to be a
spiritual being having a human experience and not a human
having a spiritual experience. Don't get these two confused
or you will go through life wondering why you're here.
In His agape (perfect) love and His own likeness God
created man to be His adopted children so He could bless
them, to set them apart from any other living creature on
earth. Being consecrated, we are to be righteous and holy
and enter into a beautiful relationship with God our Father.
Since God commanded Adam and Eve to be fruitful and
multiply, it is no doubt that it was His intentions to fill the
earth and make it one big garden of Eden.
But since God is a loving Father and not a tyrant, He gave
His new creation the free will choice to love Him back or not.
In allowing us to make our own decisions He would know
who really loves Him. He won't make anyone fellowship with
Him who does not choose to do so.
This is the downfall of mankind from the very beginning as
God had an adversary the devil who's job was to destroy
God's perfect plan. To this very day Satan is still trying to
accomplish this plan, but he will stand on trial one day and
be sentenced to the Lake of Fire for eternity. Not only
himself, but everyone who follows him will experience the
same sentence. Since God is holy, He cannot allow the
sinners of the world to have entrance into His kingdom. A
child of Satan's is no child of God's, there is no hope of
adoption for these disobedient ones.
Satan's pride and arrogance is what got him thrown out of
heaven and as a result he was given full reign of earth and
that is why to this day our wars are not against flesh and
blood but the powers and principalities (Ephes. 6:12). Satan
takes his exile to earth very seriously, he is adament in
destroying what God meant for good. His first target of
destruction was of course the unsuspecting Eve. He was
crafty, sneaky and charming all at the same time. He lured
Eve into thinking that God had lied to her and that if she ate
the fruit she would be just like a god and would know
everything. This sounded so tempting!
Temptation is the start of sin which is hard to resist. The first
taste is always so sweet and satisfying. It usually feels like
more. And sin is also contagious. As she ate the fruit and
seemed to be enjoying it so much, Adam did not take much
convincing to try it also. He did not correct her behavior, he
condoned it and joined in on the forbidden fruit as well. To
this day we find it very difficult to resist the temptations that
lead to sin. It's human nautre to be attracted to whatever is
forbidden. It gets our curiosity up. We don't rationalize the
seriousness of sinning until it is too late.
If we listened to our spirits, we would know that when things
are forbidden it's for our own good to resist them. The
catastrophic results usually won't show themselves at first
and that is why it is so alluring to go deeper.
Just as Satan convinced Eve that she would not die (at least
not right away), we too always justify the reasons why we
can give in to the temptation. Being human, we tell
ourselves that no one will get hurt because no one will find
out right? Wrong...as the Bible also says, we will reap just
what we sow. We can't hide anything from God.
Adam and Eve had their eyes opened to their nakedness
and they could not hide from God either. Upon sinning we
get our eyes opened to the realization that we too are naked
before God and nothing can hide the fact. Sinning takes on
an immediate change of events. Once we are found out, just
like Adam, we will not own up to our responsibility. As God
left him in charge, He was questioned first about the crime.
Immediately he pointed his finger at Eve and told God that
she made him do it. Does this sound familiar? What goes
around comes around. Eve then blamed the serpent for
After all these thousands of years, we have not changed our
sinful nature at all. We still point fingers at others rather than
own up to what we have done. We haven't advanced much
in this area.
But God who is holy and righteous is also the same
yesterday, today and forever. He didn't listen to them then
and He still won't listen to your lies and excuses. He
commanded them to obey and had they only listened, He
would have blessed them abundantly. But as a result He
cursed them and Satan too. Why then do we assume that
God will overlook our sins today?
One thing God cannot overlook or tolerate is deliberate sin.
Once we know the truth, we can't deliberately sin if we are
truly saved. In His Word Paul writes this:
Heb. 10:26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received
the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more
sacrifice for sins. (vs. 27) But a certain fearful looking for of
judgement and fiery indignation which shall devour the
As a result of the disobedience to the first man, God cast
them out from a life of blessings to one of hardships. This
curse is inheritently passed on in every generation. It's our
free will choice to turn from sin and enjoy the blessings of
God or to die in disobedience after facing Him in
judgement. Remember, He doesn't make exceptions to the
Just as God created man from the dust, He promises man's
return to dust lest he accepts his eternal life through Christ.
Do you know where you will be spending eternity? If you're
not sure, it's not too late to get right with God who is always
ready to forgive and forget your sins. He loves you and
invites you to be a part of His kingdom through His Son
Is Satan worth serving when he does not have your best
interest at hand? Remember he comes to steal, kill and
destroy. No matter how attractive his offer may seem, just
realize he's a liar and the father of them. Know the truth!
Ask God to forgive you of your sins because you are a sinner
and you need to accept Christ as your Lord and Savior to
take over your life. He will intercede on your behalf when you
ask God in prayer. Admit that you believe Christ died, was
buried and rose again to give you eternal life. Let Him lead
you and soon you will see a change taking place in your life.
Know that your purpose is to serve a loving God who wants
to bless you and give you eternal life.
To be a friend of Jesus is to be a friend of sinners. Make a
difference in someone's life today.
Vivian Gordon is an inspired follower of Christ to get the
good news of the gospel out to all who will listen. It is her
job to plant the seeds of eternal life in hearts that may
otherwise have stoney soil.
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