Identity and Purpose
I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made. Isaiah 43:6-7 ESV
God is our Creator, and He is not ashamed of the work of His hands. In His divine love and wisdom He determined our gender, race, physical characteristics, temperament, intellect, all that makes us uniquely different from every other person. He designed us to be a special part of His creation.
God designed and created us for a divine purpose. We are made in His image and made for His glory. He has good works for us to do that will also glorify Him (see Ephesians 2:8-10). We are created to understand our God-given, unique design and develop our potential for God’s glory (1 Corinthians 10:1).
- All God’s creation brings glory to Him. What do the following passages say about the purpose of God’s creation? — Psalm 19:1-4; 2 Corinthians 3:17-18
- All of our physical characteristics were designed by God–both those we like and those we don’t like. What is said in the following passages about our unique design? — Job 33:4; Psalm 139:13-16; John 9:1-3
Question to ponder: What does the world say your identity and purpose should be and how does that contrast with what God says about you and the purposes He has for you?
Passages for further study: Acts 17:24-28; Romans 1:18-25