Imagine: You were a thought even before your mother and father came together to conceive you. Imagine your name was known, before all eternity, even before your mother and father gave you a name. Imagine there was a heavenly Father who at any point in time knows the number of hairs on your head, and everything else going on in your heart, and in your life, and in your future.
The Lord said to a man named Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations,” (Jeremiah 1:5). God knew who Jeremiah was and what he would do on earth before he had been formed in his mother’s belly. It is the same for every human being.
Our birth on earth takes place after God forms us in eternity. The Lord skillfully wrought us in the depths of the earth, and then He created the world in which we’d live. And Jesus, His son, was with Him during our creation. “Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes,” (Ephesians 1:4). The Holy Spirit was there, too, who knows the mind of God and reveals these truths to our hearts as promised in scripture.
Suddenly, we begin to understand our great origin. With the skill of a master workman, God created each one of us in eternity, for eternity. He gave to each of us a unique soul, expressed through our gifts and personalities. Our souls will live forever. Sin entered the world that the Lord created, causing pain and brokenness, but so did Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer. We can be reunited with the Lord and to our true purpose in Christ.
Nothing in this life will give us the purpose and contentment that we seek, because our purpose does not come from the world.
Sometimes, we like to pretend to be God and assign a purpose to each other and to ourselves. A mother can pressure her son to study law and become a lawyer. A father can persuade his daughter to live nearby to take care of him in his old age. We ourselves can act like gods and try to determine what our purpose will be without seeking God.
But, no one except God can confer our masterfully designed, divinely ordained, purpose. Our purpose is God’s will for our lives. He has a singular purpose that is the same for everyone: Believe in My perfect Son, Jesus, and be saved. And from salvation, the Lord has a unique purpose for each of us to fulfill during our short time on earth.
How has knowing you have a purpose, and were created for eternity, caused you to think differently about yourself and your life?