And It Was Good, Session 1: Designed for Life

By Jennifer McCaman 

God created us with a plan.

designedforlifeIt’s the time of year when everything’s in bloom. Flowers burst with color. Trees are lush and green. There’s no trace of winter. Watching the intricacy of life is a visual feast. A beautiful tree grows from a tiny seed. A stunning butterfly once crawled on the ground as a fuzzy caterpillar. The plan of creation is spectacular!

The Heart of Creation

Have you ever wondered if your own life follows a plan? Maybe it seems as if, in contrast to nature, your life is aimless. Maybe you believe your life is one chaotic event after another. The truth is, God knows you inside and out. Psalm 139:13 reveals, “For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Your life is no accident. God created you for a purpose and has a specific plan for your life that begins with knowing Him.

The Heart of the Creator

Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We’ve all been separated from God, stumbling in the winter of sin. Maybe you’ve felt trapped in the busyness of life, wondering if there were a bigger picture out there. We’ve all wondered, “Is there something more? Something greater?”

That’s why Christ came. Even when we were miserable apart from God, He always had a plan to rescue us. The Holy Spirit makes us conscious of our separation from God and our sinful condition so that we can run to Him for salvation. Romans 5:8 declares, “God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!” While we were powerless in sin and unable to save ourselves, He rescued us.

Ephesians 2:8-9 confirms, “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast.” We can’t do enough good things to make ourselves right with God. Only Christ alone has the power to heal us and set us free. His love causes us to hate the sin that separates us from Him and brings us to a point of genuine repentance and change. In return, His love for us results in our response of love toward God. John 14:21 explains, “The one who has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me. And the one who loves Me will be loved by My Father. I also will love him and will reveal Myself to him.”

When we come to Christ, He promises to never leave us (Hebrews 13:5). He transforms our destinies to include Him, and He works to accomplish His purpose through us. Our old meaningless existence is replaced with a life of significance. We become His new creations, intricately designed and carefully purposed to glorify Him.

If you’re ready to embrace God’s plan for you and to receive new life through Him, pray a prayer similar to this one: Dear God, I know I’m a sinner. I believe Jesus died to forgive me of my sins. I now accept Your offer of eternal life. Thank You for forgiving me. From this day forward, I will choose to follow You.

To learn more about salvation and growing in the Lord, visit a local church, and join a community of believers. Thankfully, we were never meant to follow Christ in isolation. Part of His plan includes uniting us with other believers to grow and serve.

If you’d like to speak with someone about how to have new life in Christ, call toll free (888) 537-8720.

Jennifer McCaman is a freelance writer who lives in Smyrna, Tenn., with her husband, David, and son, Josiah. 

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This article originally appeared in the June 2011 issue of Home Life. Subscribe

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