John 1:3 — “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”
In her book, Jesus in Me, Anne Graham Lotz pictured the pre-incarnate Jesus kneeling in the dirt and fashioning man and, later, woman with His own hands. I can see it too: Jesus, the master sculptor, the master potter, carefully turning a lump of clay into someone He already loved. In the Genesis account of creation, all things are spoken into existence. But when it came to Adam and Eve, He created them by hand, intimately and personally.
Think of it! Adam and Eve were carefully and intentionally crafted by a loving God, who then breathed into them the breath of life (Gen 2:7).
King David personalized his own creation, taking it from the distant sculpting of Adam to the more immediate creation of himself: “You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps 139:13-14). Even Job, in his distress, acknowledged, “Your hands have made me and fashioned me” (Job 10:8).
Elizabeth Elliot quotes a dear friend of hers who was born without legs: “I am convinced without a doubt that a loving Heavenly Father oversees the creative miracles in the inner sanctum of each mother’s womb (Psalm 139), and that in His sovereignty there are no accidents” (Keep a Quiet Heart, pg 25).
We are all carefully crafted, from the most perfect and beautiful among us to the most physically and mentally challenged. We all have a purpose, a reason for being. And we are all dearly loved by our heavenly Father.
Do you not know what your purpose is? Ask Him. He’ll reveal it to you in time, and probably several times over your life, because your purpose will change over time.
But until you know for certain what your specific purpose is, consider the purpose of all Christians:
We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works (Eph. 2:10).
See also, Day 1: In the beginning
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