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Created to do or to be?

February 8, 2008

In recent years the idea of what we have been created for has become a common topic among Christian circles. Some of that probably stems from the book “The Purpose Driven Life”. Do you think we are starting from the correct premise? The conversations I have heard usually focus on us being created to “do” something, but what if we were created for God to “do” and we are just to “be”?
“We were made not primarily that we may love God (though we were made for that too) but that God may love us, that we may become objects in which the Divine love may rest well pleased. To ask that God’s love should be content with us as we are is to ask that God should cease to be God: because He is what He is, His love must, in the nature of things, be impeded and repelled by certain stains in our present character, and because He already loves us He must labor to makes us loveable.” “Love may cause pain to its object, but only on the supposition that that object needs alteration to become fully loveable.” (both quotes are from CS Lewis, The Problem of Pain)

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