Why in the world did God create the world in the first place? What was His point? I think that this is a tremendously important question. Well, I think that this is the most important question. Pretty much everyone wants to know why. Is there some reason for my existence? Is there some reason for time, space, stars, planets, puppies, roses, carnations, snails, plagues, storms, loud noises, pain and suffering, laughter, joy, love, beauty and ugliness, black holes, quarks, galaxies, poison ivy? But mostly, why am I here?
I think that God does have a plan. I believe that He has communicated that plan to human beings in the Bible. You may disagree with this. But there is a reason. You might even say that reason demands a reason. The reality is that you only have two choices. There is either purpose or there is not. And, that purpose must be bigger than you or me or it is not. I think the plan and the purpose is way bigger than all of us, because I believe that it is God’s plan. I believe that God made the heavens and the earth and you and me and everything. He is the cause of all causes. He is the uncaused cause.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t understand why God made things some ways and not others. I don’t understand how an all powerful and perfect and holy and good and loving God allows crappy things to happen. I just don’t have all of the answers. But I do believe that God has a purpose – a plan. There is a plot to the history of the human race. I believe that God is perfect and powerful; and I believe that God is good.
The Bible is about the mission of God. Christopher Wright in The Mission of God says that the Bible is “the story of God’s mission through God’s people in their engagement with God’s world for the sake of the whole of God’s creation (51).” Wright says, “our mission (if it is biblically informed and validated) means our committed participation as God’s people, at God’s invitation and command, in God’s own mission within the history of God’s world for the redemption of God’s creation… Our mission flows from and participates in the mission of God (23).”
God’s mission is the redemption of the world. And He calls His people to participate in this mission of redemption. That my friends is something that I want to be a part of. I want to actively participate in the Mission of God. I want to work with God (who amazingly asks us to participate with Him) in this goal of redemption.