The Reason For Our Existence
Carlton Foster – September 25, 2015
Most people are not aware as to why they are here on this earth. They know that their mother gave birth to their existence, but other than that, they don’t know the purpose of their existence. We are here because our Creator made us for relationships! That is to exercise a loving relationship first to Him, and then to our fellow humans, and next to all other living creatures on the earth.
The Bible recorded in Genesis that God created the man in his own image; he also created the woman for the man. The birds, animals, and all living things were given to the man and the woman to manage and relate to. The Bible said that God would come and relate with these humans while they were in the garden. The relationship between God, mankind, and animals was wonderful and blissful. But it was during those moments that the relationship was disrupted because of interferences from Satan that evil one. Satan motivated the humans to disobey God and caused a disruption in the relationship with God, birds, and the animals; even nature’s reality was disrupted: the plants, weather conditions, and most things that were created for our benefit were now against us.
The relationships between humans got vile and troublesome. Killings and destructions were frequent occurrences that became common activities in our surroundings. These activities give strength to selfishness and defensive attitudes to others, so much so, that we lost focus as to why we were here. For what purpose were we created? This question lost its awareness, and other questions such as “how can I survive in this struggle to stay healthy and alive?” “What’s in it for me?” “What have you done for me lately?” These and other questions drive us to focus on the answers to those questions and cause us to lose focus of asking the main questions as to why we are here.
Most troublesome in all these relationships is the relationships between humans, especially the ones between spouses and families. These relationships do result in frequent state of happiness and sadness, and it seems like more sadness dominated the affairs. Because the need to survive is always in our focus, our guard is always up and retaliates whenever our survival is threatened. We find humans contending against other humans; races against other races; areas, countries, and cultures against other cultures. We compare ourselves against others to be ascertained of where we fall on the totem pole of advancement or improved life. With this quest for self-fulfillment always intermingling with our need for human interaction, the effort to improve our relationship with God takes a back seat.
Do you realize that we have lost the focus as to why we were born? While we should take the time to focus on maintaining the relationship between God and us, we spent time bickering between each other. Of the three relationships: God to mankind, mankind to each other, and mankind to animals, the first relationship is the most important, but we spend too much time and effort trying to get the relationships between humans working as expected before we concentrate on the relationship between us and God. Most people are not aware that if we get the 1st relationship in order, the 2nd and 3rd will work out just fine. The Bible reminded us that if we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all the other things will be added unto us (Matthew 6:33). So if we want to improve the 2nd relationship, we must master the 1st relationship.
How can we improve our relationship with God? There are a number of activities that we can do to improve that relationship. The first thing to do is to have and cultivate an attitude of humbleness and willingness to learn and be obedient to God’s commandments. The Bible mentioned a scenery where Jesus visited the house of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. While Jesus was telling the gatherings about heavenly things, Mary was very interested in that relationship between humans and God, so she drew closer; at the same time, Martha was more interested in the relationship between, so she stayed in the kitchen and prepared the food. Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen the better part and that is to esteem the relationship between humans and God.
To improve this relationship with God you must spend more time reading the Bible; searching the scripture for answers to all questions. Listening to more sermons (in person, on DVD or the radio, or TV); praying always, before, during, and after all occasions; exercising the techniques given to you by the actions of the Fruit of The Spirit. Avoid negativity, embrace positivity and always having a winsome spirit. Love God, love humans of all kinds, and love his animals and creatures. Do these things and your relationship with God will improve.