By Bishop Art Ferriol
In the sense of fulfilling one’s purpose man is at the lowest rung. From the divine God who is unchanging, fulfills His very purpose just by being. He is God, after all, and there can be no question about whether or not our Heavenly Father is doing His job properly. The same with Christ whose name or title; “I AM” sums up His completeness and power as the Son of God.
Even animals, in their very simple nature, fulfill the purpose that God intended for them. Fish do what fish do. When lions hunt down its prey, we do not speak of them as evil or even unreasonable. Lions kill because that is their place in the grand scheme of things. They are predators because God made them predators.
Even angels fulfill their purpose.
Like all of God’s creations, man also has a purpose for being and that is to fear and obey God (Ecclesiastes 12:13). And when man lives the life God has made for him, he is at peace. Just see how beautiful the life God created for Adam in the Garden of Eden.
It was only when man chose a different path that he forgot why God created him. Even though man was made in the image and likeness of God, he sinned and continues to sin. Being the opposite of a life which is in total communion with God, man’s existence was corrupted (Ephesians 4:22). From a God-centered existence, man became self-centered, wallowing in lusts of the flesh, and followers and children of the first one who turned his back on His purpose: to Satan’s.
Because of this unnatural existence, a life away from God, man became subject to sorrow, sickness, and death. God, however, is a loving Father. Never turning His back from His creation, He made a way so that we may return to Him, to become once more His children. And as a parent gives his name to his children, God gave us the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16).
With the Holy Spirit within us and guiding us, we can return to a life that fulfils God’s purpose. And as we walk in the Spirit, God gave us not only the means and the help that will guide us in our spiritual life, but some of the beauty of our former life was also returned.That is why, every member of the church feels the peace, hope and love that God gives His children.
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.
“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.“ – Romans 8:5
We may still be on earth, but with the Spirit guiding our steps, we move closer and closer to God (Ephesians 4:23-24).