by C. W.
Bible tells us that God created man and clearly implies that
all the rest of the material creation of earth was for his
benefit and for his use. But what purpose had God in creating
man? Did God make him simply to gratify a desire to make
something new? Is his existence the result of some mere whim?
When God created him, did he expect to give him no further
attention? The Bible tells us plainly that God had a distinct
purpose, and that his creation was for God's own purpose, not
simply that man might exist. Speaking of man, he says, "The
work of my hands, that I may be glorified" (Isaiah 60:21).
Again, he says, "For I have created him for my glory" (Isaiah
was endowed with natural faculties that make it possible for
him to know God and to communicate with him, to understand his
will, and to obey him, and to find his highest pleasure in all
these, shows that the purpose of man's life is something very
exalted. It is possible for him to debase his powers, to put
them to ignoble purposes, and to fail entirely of the true
purpose of his life. He may develop his physical being and
bring it to a high state of perfection, so that he is an athlete. He may be in perfect health. He may conform to the law
of his physical being and be worthy of the admiration of his
fellows. He may develop his mind until he reaches out into the
starry heavens and reads the secrets of the planets. He may
delve into philosophy and into science until his mental
faculties are enriched and highly developed. He may grapple
with the great problems of life and solve them. He may fill
the chair of some great university. Men may marvel at his
learning. He may be eloquent until he can sway the multitudes.
He may rise to eminence in the political world and be famous.
Men may admire and respect and honor him, but the perfect body
and the highly developed mind, or these two united, do not
make a perfect man.
later disease will seize upon that body. Sooner or later that
mind will lose its brilliance and its power. The end is but
the grave. What then? Shall we say that a man who has lived
only for his body and for his mind has truly lived , has truly
fulfilled the purpose of his creation? Not so. He has omitted
from his life that which is highest and best. He has failed to
develop that spiritual element which is his real self, that
element which will live on forever. He has starved and
neglected it, and it has withered away, overshadowed by the
other parts of his being. If a man forgets his soul, if he
makes no preparation for the life that is life indeed, there
is no symmetry in his life. It is unbalanced and incomplete.
No matter what his success in other lines, his life is a
failure. No matter how much wealth he may amass, how much he
may win, nor how much of anything of earth may be his, it must
end with the word "failure," for he has not lived for God. He
was created for God's glory, but how much has his life
subserved that glory? Has he honored God? Has he served him?
Has he fitted himself for his society in the world to come?
The man who fails to develop his mind and then is brought into
the society of men of learning feels at once and feels most
keenly how he has neglected himself and how hampered he is in
his associations with them, how unfit he is to enjoy their
society, and how little such society can really mean to him.
So the man who neglects his spiritual life, when he shall come
into the presence of God will find himself wholly unfit to
mingle in the society of heaven. His soul-faculties will not
be able to respond to the influences of that place. In fact,
it would be torment to him to be there and constantly feel
but one true purpose in life. All other things are subsidiary
to it. If we fill our life with trifles, with things that
amount to nothing, shall we not reap the trifler's reward? God
desires our services. He desires union with us. He desires to
be honored and worshiped by us - not simply for some selfish
interest; for when we give to him that which belongs to him,
we do for ourselves that which is best and highest. And when
we refuse to give him that which belongs to him and that which
he has a right to expect of us, we are injuring ourselves and
are placing barriers before our own souls. We are destroying
our own selves.
Let me ask,
what is the purpose of your life? What is your life amounting
to? Are you spending it for God? Are you developing your soul,
your spiritual faculties and powers? What will your life
profit you if you are not? Shall you endure the things of
this life, its cares, its sorrows, its heartaches, toil on
till its end, only to have "Failure" written over it at the
last? Be wise. God has given you intelligence. Use it for his
glory. Neglect not your soul, that priceless treasure which must somewhere spend eternity, the eternity for which you are
now preparing it.