So God created mankind in his
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
- Genesis 1:27-28
“I believe that He created man out of no external necessity. I believe it was an internal necessity. God, being the God He was and is, and being infinitely perfect and infinitely beautiful and infinitely glorious and infinitely admirable and infinitely loving, out of His own necessity had to have some creature that was capable of admiring Him and loving Him and knowing Him. So God made man in His own image; in the image and likeness of God made He him; and He made him as near to being Himself as it was for the creature to be like the Creator. The most Godlike thing in the universe is the soul of man.”
- A. W. Tozer, Worship: The Missing Jesus
I mentioned in yesterday’s post that God does not need us, but we need Him. Maybe to rephrase Tozer’s quote, God does not internally need us, but He internally desired us. We each have a soul. We have that internal desire to love someone, and the feeling that we get when they love us back is immeasurable. They didn’t have to love us; they chose to do so.
That kind of sums up why God made us and why we have free will.
Without free will, we are simply robots parroting back to God what had been programmed within us. But with free will, we have the will to choose an alternate path. When we consider earthly alternate paths, some paths can be wrong. You do not want to go from New York to Los Angeles by travelling east. Los Angeles is to the west. Of course, Christopher Columbus went west from Spain to try to get east of Spain, the Orient. You can get from New York to Los Angeles by heading east instead of west, but in today’s means of travel, it is far from the shortest, easiest, or most efficient direction of travel.
Yet, my wife and I travel from Pennsylvania to Nebraska often – at least several times. We have flown, but in most cases we drive. The shortest and fastest route is along one turnpike after another. For an automobile, the total tolls, as of this year, are about $30. But there is another route with no tolls, less traffic, and it avoids Chicago. What is the cost for this alternate route? A few extra miles, city driving through Columbus, OH, and Indianapolis, IN, and about 30-45 minutes more driving time. The extra time is nothing compared to the cash money savings, but after several trips along this route, the scenery gets boring. There is yet a third route that is another fifteen minutes more driving time, but new scenery.
Why bring this up? There is only one route to God and that is through Jesus, His Son. We must give back the free will that God gave to us freely. In the spiritual world, there is only one correct path to God and the ‘alternate’ paths each lead to destruction. Satan sure makes those paths look nice, with a lot of beautiful scenery. It never gets boring, until you are so deep in the ruts along the path that you fail to see Jesus standing there, willing and able to pull you from the rut and get you on the right path.
God did not create the Fall of Man, but He allowed it to happen. He wanted man to choose Him. Now, with us as sinners, we have an added dose of gratitude. God created me so that I might love Him back. And I love Him even more, because He sent His Son, Jesus, to the world to die for my sins. He did something for me that I could not do for myself.
When you think of those times when you have loved another person and had them love you back, think about how God feels. He has loved you since before the dawn of time. Now think of the Joy in His heart when you love Him back.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.