What’s life? If we were to get back to the original purpose of man, it was not to seek God or to find Him. It was to walk with God, as He desired man to have a relationship with Him. Before Adam and Eve were driven out of Eden, God walked in the garden together with Adam and Eve. As God made man in His own image, we have the characteristics of God but not His divinity.
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 1:28 NIV)
Adam and Eve’s job was to be fruitful and rule over God’s creation. But sin entered the world and God had to expel them from the garden of Eden. They could not remain in Eden because God is holy, no sin can come close to God. Sin separates man from God.
The cause of the problem was Satan. He tempted Eve, followed by Adam. Just as Eve, a woman, was the first to sin, the Saviour who has washed away our sins came through a woman. And just as Adam, a man, was held responsible for bringing eternal condemnation into the world, Jesus, a man, brought eternal salvation.
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (Genesis 3:15 NIV)
For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).
Our life’s purpose, to walk with God, remains unchanged. And God continues to walk with us, not physically in the garden of Eden but in Spirit.
How nice would it be if our life is trouble-free after we’ve accepted Jesus – just be fruitful and rule the animals of this world? That is impossible because sin has entered the world and Satan is the prince of this world. When the battle will end is beyond our understanding. I personally don’t think Judgment Day may come any time soon, but it will definitely come as the Bible promised.
Though we struggle in life because of sins in the world, the Holy Spirit helps us in our walk with God, till we reach our Father. We succumb to temptations and fall into sin against one another because we are living in an imperfect world.
Can we still enjoy life while we struggle with our sins and suffer the consequences of each other’s sins as well? It is a matter of how we define enjoyment. Most of us do not have easy jobs, yet many of us can say we ‘enjoy’ what we do. Can we say Jesus enjoyed his task when he was nailed on the cross? Of course not. Yet, Jesus was passionate to get his job done because he understood his purpose.
Jesus has given us tasks to do too. When we understand our purpose on earth, no matter how challenging the circumstances we face, we can still be passionate about the job that God has given us. Jesus’ earthly job was a carpenter, but he had a more important real job from God. We have our earthly jobs, but we have a real job that’s assigned by God too. Our real job has to take into consideration the original purpose that God desired us to have, and the additional task of bringing others to Him.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV)
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.