I love the questions that John Bolt proposes in chapter 2 of his biography of Herman Bavinck, “Bavinck on The Christian Life,” dealing with the matter of why God created us. Bolt asks his readers: why were we created, and for what purpose? Who are we now, and who will we become in glory? I would like (to the best of my abilities) to try and answer these questions:
1. Why were we created, and for what purpose?
God created us to bring pleasure to Him, Revelation 4:11 says, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” Psalms 104:31 solidifies the above in the following passage, “May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works.”
Now being created for God’s pleasure doesn’t mean that we are to necessarily entertain God, or provide Him with merriment. God is a creative Being, and just as we, as human beings, like to take pride and pleasure in the things that we create, we need to understand that God likes to do the same.
It gives Him genuine pleasure to have other beings that He can have an authentic relationship with. God delights in His children (Zephaniah 3:17), and our purpose in life is to please our Heavenly Father by living in such a way that brings honor and glory to His kingdom.
2. Who are we now?
In the beginning, God created us in His image (Genesis 1:27), but after the Fall we became sinful, and the image of God became distorted and blurry. Sin has separated us from God and has left this world with an unclear picture of who God is. No one is perfect, and as we live amongst other distorted image bearers we have forgotten what the image of God really looks like. The true image of God is:
This is who God is, and we are flawed human beings incapable of representing the clear image of the God we serve. By His grace, we have been saved from ourselves, and it is not until we ascend into glory to be with Him, will our distorted image of God be made clear.
3. Who will we become in glory?
God created us to give us the opportunity to become the sons and daughters of Christ (2 Corinthians 6:17-18). When we become a part of the family of God, one of the attributes we receive is the splendid glory of God! The apostle Paul encourages us in 1 Thessalonians 2:12 to “walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.”
Paul furthers this thought in 2 Thessalonians 2:14, “To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.” We are to obtain the same glory as sons and daughters of Christ. Paul reiterates this point in Romans 8: 16-18, “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”
So… How should we apply this information to our daily lives?
Just as we want to honor our parents and make them proud of us, we should also want that in our relationship with Christ. We should strive to bring Him glory and honor in all we do, no matter how small it may seem to us.
We can bring glory to God by:
Sitting with the “outcast” of the school during lunch
Helping out with the preschoolers on Sunday morning
Picking up something someone has dropped
Listening without judgment to our friends’ problems
Obeying our parents
Keep your eyes open so that you will not miss out on opportunities for bringing glory to God’s kingdom.
I hope you enjoyed my interpretation of John Bolts questions, and if you did, please comment down below. I would love to hear your thoughts!