Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Daily Devotions from the Heidelberg: Wed. January 19


The Purpose of Our Journey


1) Heidelberg Catechism

6 Q. Did God create people so wicked and perverse?

A. No. God created them good and in his own image, that is, in true righteousness and holiness, so that they might truly know God their creator, love him with all their heart, and live with him in eternal happiness for his praise and glory.

2) Scripture:

Psalm 139:13-16:

13 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.

John 17:3: And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

1 Corinthians 10:31: So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.


Q & A 6 teaches us that:

• Human beings are made by God.
• Human beings are made like God.
• Human beings are made for God.

We are made by God, who creates each of us in our mother’s womb. We are made like God, because we were created in his image for rule and relationship. We are also made for God. This is what the catechism tells us when it talks about knowing, loving, and living with God.

Knowing God is something that happens as we learn about Jesus. Jesus is described in the New Testament as the perfect picture of God. Jesus explains and shows us what God is really like. This is why Jesus could say to his disciple, Philip, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

Loving God is something that also happens as we come to know Jesus. We love God because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). Jesus showed us God’s love when he came to this earth to save us from our sins. In love God’s eternal Son became a man. In love God’s Son lived a perfect life of obedience to his Father. In love the Son went to the cross to bear our sins, so that we might have eternal life.

Living with God is something that happens when we come to Jesus. People look for happiness in all the wrong places. The right place to look for happiness is in Christ, living in fellowship with the Father and the Son. Jesus is our Lord, companion, friend, and God on the journey of life. Living with him and the heavenly Father brings us joy.

Knowing God, loving God, and living with God is the way to true happiness. But even more, it is the way to bring praise and glory to our triune God. This is what we were created for!

Discussion: How does Jesus help us to know God? How does Jesus help us to love God? How does Jesus help us to live with God? Why were we created?

Prayer Starter: In your prayer ask the Lord to help you to truly know, love, and live with him for his glory.

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