Greetings Army of Youth! In today’s class, we shall discover what we were made for. Moreover, who we were made for.
You Were Made For God
Oh, we want everybody here in class today to realize that there is one place that you fit. And that is the only place that you can really fit. And nobody in all this world can fit that place, but you. To most people, religion is largely a matter of how God and the Bible and all these things
That’s very natural. We tend to view things in that way. For example, suppose I am planning to make a garden, or go on a picnic, or do something else that needs sunny weather or that at least the rain would interfere with. And if it rains, then what? How do I feel? I say, “Oh, my, isn’t that too bad?”
But you know, if I had my garden planted and I need rain badly, and then it rains, what do I say? “Oh, isn’t that wonderful? That is a providence.” It is the same rain. But it is just a question of how it affects me. You see?
And so it is with much of life. So when it comes to religion, most people are interested in how religion will affect them. Well, you say, “Sure, isn’t that what it is supposed to do?” Well, I want to give you a different view of it today, friends. I want you to think of how it affects God. You see, there are two parts to this relationship between you and God. One is you, and the other is God. How it affects you is one thing. I want you to think of how it affects God.
Let’s go to Isaiah 43:21, and we will see something interesting there. You will see what you were made for:“This people have I formed for myself” Isaiah 43:21.
Now, God formed you. Did He make you different? Did He? Did you ever see anybody just like you? Did you? There are no duplicates. And why is that? Well, I will tell you why. You were formed to fit a certain need, to fill a certain need. And God only needed one like you. That is all He needed, so that is why He only made one. If He had needed two like you, He would have made somebody identical, your duplicate. But He only needed one. But now, if He did need one, and you are the only one that fills that need, do you see that you become quite valuable?
I have a favorite set of highlighters. I value them because they are great to use when I want to highlight in my Bible. But I want to tell you if I would lose them today, I wouldn’t cry about it. Why? Well, I can go to the store and buy another set. Can’t I? Yes. There are duplicates of my highlighters. It isn’t a rare object. You are. You are rare. God never made anybody else like you.
Sometimes when people are told that, they say, “Yes. It is a good thing.” Well, it is a good thing. Your value would shrink at once. You see, if there were two people the same, then your value would be only half of what it is. If there were three, it would be only a third. If there were a hundred, you can see you could be lost and ninety-nine other people could step up and take your place. But, my dear friend, there is nobody that can fill your place. And that means, you see, that there is a special place that you were made to fill.
Do you remember that oft-quoted statement from Christ’s Object Lessons? It is in Messages to Young People, too: “Not more surely is there a place prepared for us in the heavenly mansions than is the special place designated on earth where we are to work for God” Christ’s Object Lessons, page 327.
This leads us away from all regimentation. It isn’t a matter of discussing whether all of us are supposed to be preachers or we are all supposed to be nurses or doctors or farmers or bookkeepers, foreign missionaries or home missionaries, or conference workers or self-supporting workers, or teachers, or you name it. No, no.
The important thing is, my dear friends: There is a special place God has planned for you to fill. In fact, He made you to fill it. And what other people are to do, and what other people do do, that isn’t the point at all.
If all your friends are going in a certain direction, that doesn’t mean that it’s the direction for you to go. Joseph was the only one of his brothers to become prime minister of Egypt. Esther was the only one of her family to become a queen. John the Baptist was the only one of a long line, who was to be the messenger to prepare the people for the Messiah. He was born for that job, a special boy to do a special work.
You have been born for a special work. But my subject tonight is not so much the work that you are to do here on earth. That is interesting, and that is wonderful, and we could spend an hour on that; we might, before we get through with this series. But today, I have something far more wonderful than that. You, not only are planned to do a special work here on earth, you were made to fill a special place in the heart of God.
You were planned by God to fill a certain need in His heart, His mind, His soul. “Oh,” you say, “I don’t understand what you’re talking about.” Well, let me study it with you a little. The Bible presents God under various names and various illustrations – the love of a father, the love of a mother. He tells us, “When ye pray say,” what? “Our Father.” And he compares His love to the love of a mother: “As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you” Isaiah 66:13.
He speaks of Himself as our brother. And again: “Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given” Isaiah 9:6. In these various relationships, He is seeking to teach us not merely what He is to us, but what we are to Him. It is hard, probably, for us to realize that God might actually need us, but He does, friends. He needs us.
What would God need me for? Well, I will tell you what He needs me for, friends. He needs me for fellowship with Him. He doesn’t need me to feed Him bread, but He does need me to feed Him love, sympathy, understanding. He needs me to talk with Him.“Oh,” you say, “He has lots of people to talk with.”
Yes, but He needs me. He likes to have me around. He likes to counsel with me. He is interested in what I think about things. He likes to know, as I see the flowers and the birds and the trees and the rocks and the mountains, whether or not I like them; whether they appeal to me. You see, He made them for that purpose. All these things that He has made of beauty and wonder are all for the purpose of interesting me, and He hopes that I will respond and talk to Him about them.
When I read the Bible, He is interested in knowing what I think about it. He is interested in knowing whether I understand what He has written. If I have some questions, He is interested in those questions. He sends angels, He sends the Holy Spirit to try to help me to understand, because He loves me.“Oh,” somebody says, “Yes, I know God loves us, but not that way, surely.” Yes, that way.
You see, many people’s idea, friends, of the love of God, is something like this. If a dog gets hurt, I feel sorry for it. And so, I pick it up and try to do something for it. Well, we would call that pity, wouldn’t we? Yes, God has pity. That is not what I am talking about.
Jesus told a story about a Good Samaritan who found a man wounded by the wayside. He took pity on him, picked him up, bound up his wounds, carried him on his animal to the inn, took care of him, and left money for further care. But, friends, that man never saw him again. He was kind to him. He was merciful. He was pitiful, but there was not some great friendship developed.
And, like the man beaten and wounded by the wayside, you and I have needed God’s mercy, coming to us and picking us up and binding us up and doing something for us. But that is only the beginning of the story. It is more than pity that moves the heart of God. It is more than mercy and that kind of love. God wants you and me to be with Him now and forever. He wants you to be His friend.
“Oh,” you say, “He has lots of friends.” But nobody like you.
What Stands Out To You?
What stands out to you from today’s lesson that can help you in entering into a C.I.P. with Jesus? Please let us know in the comment section below! God bless!
* This study has been adapted from classes taken by Elder W.D. Frazee.
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