What did God make Christians for?
Wouldn’t we all like to know! Most of us are well drilled in what we’re against and what we’re not supposed to do, but we’re at loose ends when it comes to how we’re supposed to fill in our days.
Happily, God tells us what we’re for, in more than 2,000 verses of the Bible, many of which are extraordinarily practical:
- If a neighbor’s — or enemy’s — donkey falls under its load, we are to help them raise it up. (Deut. 22:4, Exodus 23:5) That could apply to roadside assistance, but since the donkey was such a basic business tool, it could even refer in today’s context to the wonderful IT guys and gals who come to the rescue when the system crashes.
- If we build a home with a flat roof, we’re to put a rail around it so no one will fall. (Deut. 22:8) Yes, that is in the Bible! Everyone in building codes enforcement, your work is commissioned by God.
- Keep sanitary systems at a distance from residences. (Deut. 23:12 — in the original, be sure to dig latrines away from where you are encamped.) Plumbers and those who plan and manage waste water treatment systems are doing work that God has specifically required be done.
The Bible is full of treasures like this that inform my thinking about our purpose in God’s world.
I’m driven by my favorite scripture, Ephesians 2:8-10. In it, we learn that
- We are rescued out of darkness by God, not by our own good works (so we can’t take any credit)
- God re-creates us through Christ into what God had in mind all along, God’s own good works of excellent artistry and artisanship.
- God re-created us in Christ to do good works, which God has laid out in advance, so all we have to do is walk right into them. If we’re looking, we can hardly avoid them. They’re right in front of us: the opportunity to do what God designed each and every one of us to do.
Welcome into this Scriptural exploration of purpose in Christ. God bless us, each and every one!
Copyright © 2010-2017 Carlene H. Byron
Former editor of The New England Christian and New England Church Life, published by Vision New England / The Evangelistic Association of New England