God created this earth and nature.
But for what purpose was mankind (human beings) created?
The granddaddy of all questions: why are we here?
Why were we created? Why do we exist? Could a more important or a more-often-asked question exist? (even more often than “who left their dirty dish in the sink?” when you have three teens in the house)
There are many lesser questions that I have absolutely no clue how to answer. But this question, I know the exact answer – not because I’m smart, or clever, or special; but because God has chosen to tell all of us. Ready?
We were created to fear and obey God.
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (emphasis mine in all verses in this answer) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all. For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every secret thing, Whether good or evil. (NKJV)
Why? Because God is glorified by our fear (respect) and obedience. Those who fear and obey God acknowledge His authority and superiority. Each time we honor God with our respect, He is glorified. Each time we obey what He says, He is glorified.
We were created to take care of God’s creation.
Psalm 8:6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, (NKJV)
Why? Because our care for God’s creation brings glory to Him. When we care for the land, we honor God. When we care for and use animals for their intended purpose, we honor God. When we take care of, and use, God’s creation for His purpose, He receives glory.
We were created to praise God.
Psalm 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. (KJV)
When God is praised, God is glorified.
We were created to worship Jesus.
Revelation 5:12-13 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. (KJV)
When Jesus is worshipped, God is glorified.
If you had to sum up why we exist, why you were born, why God created us, what is our purpose in life… it can be summed up accurately, completely and concisely in three words:
To Glorify God.
Now you know.