Greetings, Army of Youth! Last week, we learned about how you are one of a kind, and the fact that God wants to be your Friend. This week, we shall continue with this same line of reasoning, and dig a little deeper.
You Were Made For God
Do you know why Jesus died? Was it to get a planet? No, friends, He could make another one, just like that. Just to get a certain number of intelligent beings? Why, no, friends, He can create angels, other worlds, people. He wanted you. And He tells us that He would have come and gone through all the agony of Calvary, just to get you. Is that right?
Well, if it is so, friends, there must have been something that He wanted very much about you. If it isn’t so, what did He waste His life for? Why did He die that cruel death? He didn’t have to come. And when He came, He could have gone back to the Father at any time. Oh, why did He do it? I say, friends, the reason He came for you is because He needed you in His mind and heart and soul. He wanted you, and nobody could take your place. There is nobody else that can fill that particular spot in His mind and heart that you were made to fill.
This isn’t just something to write poetry about, or sing a song about, although it is worthy of the grandest poem and the most beautiful song ever written, friends. This is the grandest theme of the ages. We will be entering into it a million, million years from now, more and more fully. This is what makes life worth living. This is what makes life too precious to fritter away or to throw away.
Oh, think of it! The God that made these mountains and hung the stars in space wants me for His friend. He wants me for fellowship with Him. He wants me with Him in eternity. He wants me now.
Do you know what friends like to do? They like to talk. Oh, I don’t mean just chatter. They like to commune. They like to share. Sometimes real close friends can just sit together for awhile without saying a word, but there is communication. They are sharing. This is the way God wants to be with you. You need it. But, He needs it.
He needs it? Yes, He needs it. With you? Exactly. And no matter how much He gets from others, there is a hunger in His heart for you. There is a thirst in His soul for your love, your sympathy, your understanding. Oh, my friends, if a man once understands this, nothing else matters. There is only one thing that matters: How can I please the One that needs me that way? How can I fill that need? How can I please Him?
You see, this lifts us clear above the necessity of trying to keep up with others in anything. We don’t have to look like somebody else, or sing like somebody else, or act like somebody else, or pray like somebody else, or preach like somebody else, or do anything like somebody else. Why? Dear friends, there is only one like you. And that place in God’s heart that you were made to fill, will you fill it?
Now, it is true sometimes we have gotten out of shape. We need to be trued up. We need to be pruned or planed or polished, something, in order that we may fit. But I want to tell you something: God never makes a single change in your life, if you let Him run your life, except what brings you back to your true self. May I repeat that? God never makes a change in your life in any point, except to bring you back to your true self.
May I illustrate? There was a gentleman who weighed 260 pounds who came to a sanitarium for healing. He had some trouble in his chest, heart, and lungs. It made him puff to walk up just a little hill. Well, that is quite a load to carry, 260 pounds. Well, the doctor put him on a health conditioning program. And after a number of weeks of walking out on the trails with some nature guides and treatments and nutrias diet and lectures and all the rest, he went home feeling so much better. He had decided that he wouldn’t go home until he got under 200 pounds. So he got under 200, and he went home to keep on the program to come down in weight.
My point is this. Some changes were made in his profile, but they were not changes made to make him like somebody else. They were just changes made to help bring him to the pattern that he was made for and made by. Do you see what I mean? Now, it is true he will look more like some other people when he gets to normal, but don’t miss the point. That is not the reason for it. It is to get him back to his proper pattern for him. He feels so much better already. Wouldn’t you feel better, 62 pounds gone? Wouldn’t you, if you were that heavy?
Some people, when they come, need to have some pounds added. Not so their friends will say, “Well, you look more like us now.” No, no. But so they get to be the pattern they were made by and made for. Do you see?
So with everything about you. You know, friends, we think differently about things. The work of the devil is to try to destroy individual identity. He is getting the whole world ready for the mark of the what? The beast. He is trying to make everybody think alike. And if he can’t make them think alike, he is going to put it in their hand and say, “You have to act alike, whether or not you think alike.”
And I want to tell you something, friends. Don’t miss this! If, in your heart and mind, there is the least tendency to try to make other people like ourselves, we are just heading for the mark of the beast. That’s all.
God has made you for Himself. And because He is infinite, He has made each one by a different pattern. We are all to be like Him. But since He is infinite, that means without end of patterns, He can make each one by a different pattern and yet each one be like Him. Isn’t that wonderful?
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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