What is it about mankind that makes us so important to God? David asks this question in Psalm 8:4 -6: “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.”
Scripture says we were made in the image of God, something that is not said of any other of God’s creatures. All things were created for our enjoyment and well being. Truly God is mindful of us and has a very high purpose in His reason for creating us.
We were made a little lower than the angels. They are in the presence of God unceasingly, and minister to Him in worship and praise continually. The angels were made ministering spirits and are not subject to the dangers and limitations that we face as mortals, for we were made with both a body and a spirit. Earthly creatures have a built in nature to act and perform according to God’s specific pattern for them, but only mankind was given the power of choice. God has a very special purpose for making us after this fashion.
Colossians 1:16 tells us that all things were created by Him and for Him. Revelation 4:11 says, “…for thy pleasure they are and were created.” First Peter chapter two and verse nine says that we should “…shew forth the praises of him who hath called you [us] out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
The ultimate purpose of God in creating mankind was that He might have creatures that would voluntarily show forth His praise throughout eternity on the basis of choice. God receives no glory or honor from forced submission. He could have made us after this manner. If He had, what point would there have been in doing so? But when we voluntarily give God our attention and praise Him unreservedly, we bring Him honor—an honor that His heart delights in and an honor that He deserves.
He created the earth as a place of habitation for the human race so that we might develop, in this present life, a desire to worship Him. We were created and designed so that “…in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Those who voluntarily give God their lives and live for Him faithfully in the here and now will shine as stars forever in God’s eternal plan for the ages. Those who do not will reap the harvest of an eternal separation from God in a place of damnation.
Because God made us special He endowed us with abilities and gifts that no other form of life on earth possesses. We have a will, a sense of knowing our Creator, an ability to invent and manufacture things for our convenience and pleasure, and we have the oversight of earth and all its creatures. There is no living creature that cannot be subdued by the human race. We can think and reason. We can communicate through words, both spoken and recorded. But the crowning glory of our creation is that we were given life directly from the breath of God. That makes our life eternal as opposed to all other forms of life on earth which is only temporal.
In our next discourse we will discuss how this life begins with God as its creator and why it is so special.