We had some pretty good questions for our Monday morning small group … a couple of the questions I want to explore a bit deeper here on the blog this week …
Read Romans 3:23. What does this tell you about our God designed purpose? What gets in the way of our purpose?
… for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23 (ESV)
I would imagine you have rarely if ever been asked a question about God’s designed purpose based on these 12 words. Let’s start with the second and easier question, ‘What gets in the way of our purpose?’ To me, the obvious answer is sin.
But can you see God’s purpose for you and for me in those 12 words … take a minute and read, reread and consider …
From what I can see in Romans 3:23, our God designed purpose is to glorify God.
Note this prophecy/promise from God offered through Isaiah …
But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you. 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 43:1-7 (ESV)
There is no doubt in my mind at the end of the sixth day of creation when God saw everything and it was very good … that all creation glorified God!
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was VERY GOOD. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Genesis 1:31 (ESV)
But then through Adam and Eve, sin entered into creation and creation fell short of the glory of God as a result of their sin … the Old Testament accounts reveal this.
Now if you need something a bit more New Testament to clarify God’s purpose for you and me then you may want to consider the following …
So, whether you eat or drink, or WHATEVER YOU DO, do ALL to the GLORY OF GOD. 1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV)
But for us to be able to fulfill our purpose, Jesus had to remove the dominion of sin from our lives that we might once again glorify God …
For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:10-14 (ESV)
Father, glorify your name! Father, glorify your name! Father, glorify your name!