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Why are we here?

I was studying a little this morning in Ephesians.

I was trying to reconcile my belief that we were created primarily to worship God. In Isaiah 43:7, God says that He created us for His glory…we were specifically designed to bring Him glory, to worship Him with all of our lives.

This morning, I am challenged by Ephesians 2:10 that says we were “created in Christ Jesus to do good works.”

So why are we here? Is it “to worship” or “do good works”?

Well, the answer is “yes.” First of all, knowing that the bible does not contradict itself, I knew there was a reason for this apparent discrepancy. In thinking through it, praying about it, and digging a little, I believe I am able to definitively say the answer is both, it is one in the same, it is complimentary.

From the The Isaiah passage, God is speaking of “everyone whom I created.” But there’s a little addition to the Ephesians passage you might gloss over without paying attention…that little phrase “in Christ Jesus.”

I believe the Isaiah passage is speaking of our creation from the foundations of the world. But here in Ephesians, I believe this is speaking of our re-creation in Christ Jesus, our new birth, that “new creation” 2 Corinthians 5:17 speaks of. The two work hand in hand when adding in the truth found in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” To this, add James 2:26, “faith without deeds is dead,” and you get to my point:

You were created to bring God glory, to worship Him in every way AND you were re-created in Christ Jesus to do good works. BECAUSE of your re-creation, you do good works. IN your good works, your purpose is to bring God glory. And one scripture that ties it all together, Matthew 5:16, “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

So, in your life of worship, you do good works to bring Him glory, and as a result, cause others to glorify God in the process.

You see? It all works together.