God created humanity to carry out His purposes on earth. When God created man in His image, He gave him free will. Thus man has the ability to plan and make decisions, and to take action to fulfill those plans, just as God did in creating the world. Man is meant to carry out God’s purposes using his own will and initiative. He is to reflect the God who formulates plans and carries them out through creative acts. How is humanity to fulfill this vocation?
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule [“have dominion” NKJV] over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Genesis 1:26, emphasis added)
Man was created not only to have a relationship with God, but also to share God’s authority. “You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet” (Psalm 8:6). “The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man” (Psalm 115:16).
The account of the creation of mankind shows that God never intended to rule the earth by Himself. Why? It is because “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 16), and He wants others to share in what He has. We must understand that the relationship of love that God established with mankind is not separate from the purpose God has for mankind. Rather, the relationship is foundational to the purpose. Both are essential keys to prayer.
Father God, I desire to have a relationship with You and to be a part of carrying out Your purpose on this earth. Please make this a reality in my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Thought: Man’s vocation is to carry out God’s purposes on the earth.
Reading: Genesis 16–17; Matthew 5:27–48