July 2, Your Purpose

Today’s reading: Psalms 6-10

“What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet” - Psalm 8:4-6.

God determined that mankind would rule over the works of His hands and therefore gave man a mandate to do so: “God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground” (Genesis 1:28). The Fall of Adam and Eve marred this dominion, but Jesus came to restore all things, including this God-given assignment: “and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (Colossians 1:20). Therefore, your purpose in life is to find that portion of creation over which God has given you dominion and to rule over it in the will of God. Do you know your purpose, or are you just working to make money? Are you extending God’s compassion and authority in your purpose, or are you simply paying the bills? Do you want to know your purpose, or are you happy with the way things are in your work life?