Published June 15, 2010
"Why Were You Born?"
Why were you born? Have you ever wondered that?
Maybe your answer is, "My parents wanted kids and they had me." Or, "My mom got pregnant. I was a mistake." Or perhaps you would go spiritual on me and say, "God needed someone to take care of the earth and the animals. I'm one of those people He created."
Psalm 149:4a "For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people."
Revelation 4:11 "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."
The Purpose Driven Life book says, "You were planned for God's pleasure."
If we truly believe we were planned for God's pleasure, it will change how we view life and in particular, how we view our own life.
We were blessed with two sons. I remember the pleasure we felt when they were born.
It wasn't because they were cooing and smiling. When we first saw them, they weren't.
It wasn't because they were crawling or walking. They weren't when we first saw them.
It wasn't because they had ten toes and ten fingers, although we were thrilled that they did.
It wasn't because their heads were perfectly shaped or because they had hair.
They might have been wrinkled up, red-faced, screaming babies, but they gave us pleasure just by being.
God looks at us the same way. He takes pleasure in us.
Since he is all knowing, he knows when we are less than perfect. He knows we aren't all pretty. He knows we are selfish (it's mine!) and impatient. He knows our less than perfect thoughts. He knows our frustrations and weaknesses.
When I am sick and tired, he still takes pleasure in me. When I am obnoxious, he takes pleasure in me. When I cry at the drop of a hat, he takes pleasure in me. God loves me regardless!
Does that humble you? Does that make you want to do your best? Does that show you your worth to God? Does that affect what you do today?
Offer God your less than perfect life. He'll take it and help you to become more like Him. When others dismiss you and call you worthless, God takes pleasure in you. His Word says it and you can believe it!
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