Do You Know Why God Made You?

Devotional

First and foremost, God created you to know Him and to have an intimate relationship with Him. In fact, God says that if a man is going to boast about anything in life, "boast about this: that he understands and knows me" (Jeremiah 9:23). The Bible encourages us to seek God. 

Yet we know God chose us first. He is the initiator. We respond to His invitation. "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and ap­pointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you" (John 15:15-17).

Mankind's relationship with God was lost in the Garden when Adam and Eve sinned. Jesus' death on the cross, however, allows us to restore this relationship with God and to have intimate fellowship with Him.

The apostle Paul came to understand this when he said, "I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his res­urrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself" (Philippians 3:10).

Establishing this relationship with God is vi­tal to understanding your purpose. If you don't have this relationship with God, you will seek to fulfill your purpose out of wrong motives, such as fear, insecurity, pride, money, relationships, guilt or unresolved anger. God's desire is for you to be motivated out of love for Him and to desire to worship Him in all that you do. As you devel­op your relationship with God, He will begin to reveal His purpose for your life. "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord" (Jeremiah 29:11).