A light bulb.
Thomas Edison invented the light bulb to give light to the human race. Since that moment in 1879, people have lit their homes, businesses, and streets with electric light.
We could have taken that light bulb that Edison created and used it as a cup, but it would break. We could have used the light bulb as a Christmas tree ornament, but it would fall down. See, the fact is that Thomas Edison created that light bulb to give light, and that is the best use for it.
OK, so this article is not about light bulbs, or light for that matter. This article is about design. I look at the world around me, every square inch of it evidence for a designer, and I wonder how much of it is fulfilling its original purpose.
God created everyone, and everything, for a purpose. Everything that He created, if used in the right way, can be very good. But is it used in the right way? No. God created humans to bring Him glory, and to serve Him. When we sin, we are going against His Grand Design. We are refusing to fulfill His purpose for our lives.
Just like the light bulb, when we don’t fulfill the purpose He designed us for, there are consequences. Light bulbs aren’t made to hold water. We aren’t made to live for ourselves. The first consequence is obvious: we lack our purpose. When humans don’t have a purpose, they naturally fall into depression, or manufacture a purpose that leaves them feeling unfulfilled and worthless. The second, and most dire, consequence for us is that we are separated from the designer. When Thomas Edison found that one of his creations didn’t create light, he had no choice but to throw it out.
Starting from today, I challenge you to start living like you were designed: for the designer.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.