Pastor Thomas Smith   -  

“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”┬áRevelation 4:11

The scene is in Heaven. John saw a vision of the throne of God and those who were worshiping the Lord. He could hear the voices of those who were casting their crowns before His throne. Included in their words of praise were these words, “thou has created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Why were all things created? All things were created for God’s pleasure. Why then are we here? What is our purpose? Many are looking for the purpose and the meaning of life. We are here to please the Lord. Our purpose for existing, the reason we are here, is for the Lord.

The average person in our world has a self-centered worldview. He filters most, if not all things in his life through the test of how it might affect him, his personal objectives, or his happiness. Most people in our world will spend their entire day today with no regard for the will or pleasure of God, and yet that is precisely why we are here. Mankind has fallen so far from our original state when Adam lived to serve the Lord and do His will. That is why each person must be regenerated through the new birth experience, repenting of his sin and selfishness, and trusting Christ as Savior. Then, those who are saved should make it their goal in this brief life to please the Lord. To do so, we must take seriously the responsibility to discover and follow God’s will. God has a will for each of us. His general will is basically the same for all. We are to love Him, worship Him, treat others the way we want to be treated, etc. God also has a more specific will for each person. It is our quest to identify that plan and embrace it enthusiastically. As a farmer, construction worker, missionary, house wife, Sunday school teacher, architect, etc., our desire is to serve the Lord in His will for our lives.

We should learn to evaluate our attitudes, actions, and opportunities with the simple question, “Will this please the Lord?” If our purpose in being here is for His pleasure, then pleasing Him must be our priority. If it would not be pleasing to the Lord, by His grace, we should refrain from it. If it would please Him, let’s do it for Him and His pleasure. This is the path to purpose, meaning, and eternal reward: living for that which we were created – for His pleasure.