Bible Studies for Life Lesson for June 3: Why Are We Even Here?
May 14 2018 by Emily Kistler, member, Parkwood Baptist Church, Gastonia

Focal passage: Genesis 1:1-5, 26-31
God created us to live in fellowship with Him.
Have you ever found yourself staring at the contents of an open refrigerator? Just this morning, I marched straight into the kitchen, swung wide the refrigerator door and stood there contemplating a half empty bottle of coffee creamer.
Within moments I began wondering to myself, “What in the world did I come in here for anyways?” I’ll admit it. I was distracted by the details of my day. And yet, I have a sneaky suspicion I’m not the only one wasting electricity and cold air. You see, many of us have become so preoccupied by our busy schedules that we trudge through each day without ever considering why we live this life. If we were to ever pause long enough to consider our situation, it’s as if we would stand at the refrigerator door of life and exclaim, “What in the world am I here for anyways?”
But praise God, scripture reminds us this life is no accidental adventure. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). None of us is here by chance – we were intricately fashioned by a loving God and made in His image.
And He didn’t just create us to leave us in our aimlessness. God has given us a purpose – calling us to “be fruitful, fill the earth and subdue it” (Genesis 1:28). We are to bring Him glory by taking care of His creation and living in relationship with Him while sharing His great Name with the world around us.
When I enter the kitchen aimlessly, there are consequences – like the size of my waist or the total on my electricity bill. But when I wander aimlessly through life, the consequences are much greater. I forfeit the opportunity to live the abundant and joyful life for which God has created me. Open my refrigerator today and you will find a sticky note right beside my coffee creamer. In John 10:10, Jesus said, “I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance,” and I don’t plan on forgetting that!

5/14/2018 2:14:36 PM by Emily Kistler, member, Parkwood Baptist Church, Gastonia | with 0 comments

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