“The Primary Purpose of People”
by The Rev. Charlie Holt

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The Primary Purpose of People

God has a plan in creating people. The original Creation Mandate given to all humanity calls us to:

  1. Reflect God’s image
  2. Reproduce God’s image around the earth
  3. Reign as God’s stewards of the Creation

The Great Commission is the redemption of the original Creation Mandate.

Creation Mandate

Genesis 1:27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

The Great Commission

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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2 thoughts on “The Primary Purpose of People

  1. Thanks, Father Charlie, for an excellent message. One might ask “Is there a best way for us to go about spreading the Word?”
    Perhaps the major two commandments help. If we learn how to love the LORD in the way that He has asked us, I believe our capacity to love might be so increased as to make loving others (even our enemies) very possible. With GOD’s love, we know all things are possible. It should not be up to us to judge the divine success of a relationship, but we perhaps can assess how we ourselves have approached each person.
    Have we had an open heart and a true desire to help that person as the Lord would direct? Do we care about that person’s physical and emotional needs? Are we ready to let the Holy Spirit direct us humbly and lovingly? Are we purposefully putting away any opportunities for personal gain?
    Perhaps this is a slightly different kind of inclusiveness. Lots of prayer needed…

    • Jim, These are great evaluative questions. We can’t properly love others until our hearts are first fixed on The Lord. The first great commandment precedes the second great commandment.