Use the gift of life for God’s pleasure

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“As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.” Genesis 8:22 (NLT)

According to the Scriptures the ancient people believed a few important things about “human life:”

  1. God created people for his pleasure.
  2. God gave people dominion over all things.
  3. Everything God created was “good,” including people.
  4. Everything God created had the ability to multiply, including people.

People often times ask, “What is the purpose of life?”

A Christian should have one answer, “to use the gift of life for God’s pleasure.”

But, that leads to another question: “what gives God pleasure?”

I would answer it like this:

People give God pleasure when we embrace the fullness of life as God intended it, including all the responsibilities that go with that.

Oftentimes people put things in categories of “good and bad.” But the Scriptures teach that nothing is inherently bad, it’s how we use things that make them bad.

God created people not to play Judge but Caretaker.

It is when we embrace the fact that we are an extension of God that we can start to choose between being “life givers” or “life takers.” And when we take care of life, in which ever form or shape, we truly resemble our Creator.

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Which brings us to another point.

God created people with the ability to give life. Procreate. Multiply. Make more. That means more than just in the physical sense.

And when we start to understand that creation is built on the principle of progress, growth, or expansion – that everything is moving forward and not backwards – then we become open to experiencing life in its fullest as God intended it.

God loves people so much that he wants all of us to live in abundance in every area of our lives. Everything he created he called “good.” Even what we might call “evil” has its purpose in creation. Even when something is deemed to be “not good” in the temporary it could serve for “good” in the permanent. A seed often has to die before it can produce a harvest and feed a family. A caterpillar has to end being a caterpillar before it can become a butterfly.

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The Scriptures teach us that in the beginning God established a system for increase, multiplication, becoming more, and expansion. God is a God of increase, not decrease. God is a God of more, not less. God is a God of abundance, not scarcity.

Everything in life operates on the principle of planting and harvest – cold and heat – summer and winter – day and night.

As long as you have life, you have a “seed,” and you have increase in your hand. But a seed can only fulfill its locked up potential if it’s placed in the right conditions. A seed has to be planted and watered in order for it to grow.

The question this brings is the question of potentiality.

What potential (seed) do you have in your hands? What potential is locked up inside of you? What potential harvest can come from your life if you allow it?

I was reading some reflections by John Burke in his book “Soul Revolution” and he made the point that oftentimes the only thing that stands between an average life and an abundant one is WILLINGNESS.The moment a believer expresses their willingness to embrace a life as God wants for them, God starts moving in their lives.

But, God is not a dictator that ignores our feelings, thoughts, passions, ideas, ideals, goals, or fears. He doesn’t simply ignore all those things that make us who we are, in order to get his way in us.

Some Christians have this warped view of God and they live restricted and unhappy lives.

No, you are good. People are good. Yes, sometimes we are somewhat lost like the one sheep out of 99, but God will leave the 99 to find the one.

When we finally decide that our way will take too long and still fall short to help us reach our potential, and we express our willingness to our Heavenly Father to express his fullness in and through us, great things start to happen. We are essentially giving the seed the “right conditions.”

So, I ask you again – what do you have in your hand? What do you have locked up inside of you?

It can be as simple as the seed of a smile will that produces happiness in people’s lives.

It can be a financial seed that produces provision in your life and that of others.

It can be a seed of hospitality that takes away the loneliness many find themselves in. Mother Teresa called “loneliness” the modern day leprosy. And it’s happening right under our noses. Perhaps you have a seed that can produce a harvest in this area.

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What I do know is this; the Scriptures tell us that when we give, God gives back. God promises that as you give, it shall be given back to you in greater measure.

Ask God today to show you what seed(s) you have within you that can make a difference in his kingdom. Not someday, but right now. Express your willingness and he will show you where to plant your seed(s) in order for it to produce an abundant harvest in every area of your life – which is good.

May your life be filled with God’s shalom!