A man was walking home to his cabin in the woods one evening. He spotted a shinny silver colored object in the fall leaves on the ground under an oak tree. He picked it up and upon further investigation discovered the object was made of metal, about one and one half inches long, one half inch wide and flat. One of the long edges was very sharp. The man could run the sharp end of the object over an oak leaf and the object would cut the leaf easily. The man had never seen an object like this before. He decided it would be a very good object for cutting firewood for his cabin. So, the next morning the man took the wood cutter he had found and went outside. He used some string to tie his new wood cutter onto the end of a stick. Now he could swing the wood cutter on the stick and cut wood for his fireplace. So, the man began to chop a log into firewood. At first the wood cutter made three or four little gashes in the log, but after that it only made a few dents and scratches. The man examined his wood cutter. It was rather beat up. He ran the sharp edge upon an oak leaf, but it did not cut it. He ran his finger along the sharp edge, but it was no longer sharp. “This thing is no good for anything” thought the man. So he threw the object away.
In the story above the object the man found was a razor. Having never seen a razor blade before, the man did not know what it was supposed to be used for. So, based on one observation, that it was sharp, the man decided the purpose of the razor was for cutting firewood. However, the purpose of razors are not for cutting wood, but for cutting softer things like paper or hair. That is what they are created for. Using the razor for something it was not created for ended up destroying the razor, to the point where it couldn’t even be used for it’s creators intended purpose.
Any object we use is best when we use it for the purpose for which it was created. When someone creates something, that person has a purpose in mind. This is true of God most of all. God does not create without purpose.
So, what is our purpose? What did God create us for?
God is a Family. God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit are a Family of perfect love. Each One pouring Himself out completely in love to the Other. In that love God has perfect joy.
Genesis 1:26-27 we read that God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness… So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” God made man in His image and likeness. The image and likeness of a family.
The Holy Trinity was talking to each Other in the passage above. Father, Son and Holy Spirit saying, “Let us make… our image… our likeness…” Then Adam and Eve were created in God’s “own image… male and female…” a family like God.
So, what is the purpose of a family? Love. The man and woman love so completely that they have children. The man and woman love the child and the child loves their mom and dad. We love our siblings, or other family members, our friends, our neighbors and our coworkers. We love them all in different ways, but all with the power and purpose we received from our Creator.
When we don’t love, when we sin, we are used for something that is not our purpose, and we don’t work well that way. If we do this enough, performing our purpose in life becomes more and more difficult, until we loose all ability to love. This is Hell.
If we focus our lives on the purpose God gave us, to love Him with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength and our neighbor as our self, we find we are able to love more and more through the power of God. We find true joy. This is Heaven.