The definition of crafted is to exercise skill in making something. In the eyes of Christ, that “something” is you. Psalm 139:1-5 states, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You searched out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.” The pure beauty in being made by the King of the universe is knowing you were and are crafted, created, and beautifully made for a purpose.
So the ultimate question is, what is that purpose? For some, you may think it is to get that raise you have worked so hard for, or to get accepted into the college of your dreams, or just to be accepted by others. God, however, has crafted us for so much more: “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second [Commandment] is this, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other commandment greater than these” (Mark 12:30-31). The word love appears all throughout the Bible. This is because Love is what the greatest commandment is all about. When you know how much you are loved by Jesus and learn to love Christ with all of your heart, everything else falls into place.
In “The Purpose Driven Life,” the author, Rick Warren says “we are crafted to become like Christ — God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him, and the power to do what pleases him.” I love how Rick Warren emphasizes how important it is to strive to become like Christ. When you learn to love Christ, you learn to love His creation (including yourself). Through it all, God teaches you to love others as well as you love yourself because He has sculpted and made each unique in His own way. Yes, everyone is different, but learning to Love others because Christ made them is one of the most powerful ways we live out our purpose.
Being confused as to what exactly your purpose may be, is normal. But relying on God and resting your worries on him teaches you to trust that He has a plan for you. “Everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him” (Colossians 1:16). His plan and purpose for you may look different than for others, but trust that He knows you intimately and knows exactly what is best for you. He knows it all. I pray you rest your worries in Christ, know that you have a purpose and that it is all on his timing, not your own. Lastly, as you live out the purpose God has for you, ask Him to help you love deeper each day, just as Jesus loves you.