Years ago Rick Warren published the now infamous book, “The purpose driven life”. It was a springboard for other books written in that series of understanding and appreciating our purpose. It was also a best seller. Rick is a man of integrity. Of the fortune he gained from producing the book, many of the proceeds went to pay back the church (where he preaches) a lump sum total of his wages from the time he’d been employed at Saddleback church. Regardless as to how you see his view of scripture, none can question his motives. Speaking of purpose, we need to understand when the fall occurred in the Garden of Eden, it wasn’t that man fell from his union with God, primarily. In the garden, God walked with man in a relationship unhindered by sin. Even though he walked with man, he did not reside in man. It wasn’t that Adam fell from the salvation God offers us through Christ. It was more the understanding that when Adam fell, he fell from purpose, hence why Warren’s purpose driven books have received such attention. When Adam fell, he fell horribly short of what God had created him to be and to do. He lost all ability to bear in himself God’s intended testimony and to abide in his created purpose. In other words, he “fell short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). Remember, Adam and Eve didn’t fall from God’s grace because they touched something with their hands. They fell from his grace because they had first accepted something into their heart. Man’s fall came when he swallowed Satan’s lie. The sad truth of man’s fall brought on a new perception Adam had never experienced before. Now he was Self-aware, Self-consumed, and SELF-condemned. Satan had permanently altered and had entirely corrupted the way they viewed themselves and their Creator. They changed their God-given perspective (the perspective that would have given them purpose) substance and life for their own purpose and perspective. Truth was compromised and self was promoted. Sounds like the world we inhabit today, does it not? The way, the truth and the life still have their origin in God. It’s now in Christ Jesus, our Savior. Give your heart to Him today and embrace the purpose for which you were originally created.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you!
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.