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Does God have a Master Plan, a design for the universe, and for the inhabitants of that universe? Or is all that we see and know about the cosmos–its extraordinary beauty and perfect organization and flawless function–just an accident of nature, or a coincidence of evolution, or the chaotic results of a big bang long ago and far away? Can it reasonably be believed that there is no design (or Designer)—that the perfections and beauty we see all around us are just a random shuffling of events which happened to come out looking beautiful and working faultlessly day by day through tens of thousands of years of human existence? Is all the universe and all the lives contained within it just a gigantic accident? Or is there a design? And if a design, is there a Designer? And if there is a design and a Designer, what happens if human beings choose to break the design and make up their own purpose and role and identity?

We’ve been talking for the past few Sundays about God’s design, particularly as it applies to gender, to male and female. And the first questions that must be asked and answered are the questions about whether there is a Designer at all. Some of popular culture today would want to insist that there is no Master Plan or Master Planner. That the universe, and thus our lives, are sheer accidents of nature, products of completely random evolution. And if there is no design–if everything in this world is an arbitrary shuffling of things and events without meaning or relationship to one another–then we have little choice but to try desperately to make our lives meaningful in some way, to choose our own purposes, functions, and goals and try to make something significant out of the chaos of nothingness and random accidents in the world. We must become the designer of our lives if there is no master design! We must choose who and what we will be. There is nothing else.

But let us suppose (as all careful observation and good thinking would insist) that the world shows a very careful and beautiful design, and that, if there is such a design, there must also be a Designer. And let us then choose the most reasonable alternative–that the Designer is exactly Who the Bible says it is: the Almighty God, Maker of heaven and earth, Lover of humanity. What does that mean to us? How does that change everything?

Since we human beings are the highest pinnacle of God’s creation, made in His very own image and likeness, surely He Who designed the universe has a design and a plan for us and our lives as well! He would not carefully design a universe for us to live in…and leave the climax of His creation, humanity, without any purpose or plan! “For we are God’s masterpiece….” (Ephesians 2:10, NLT). So what is the master plan for God’s masterpieces? Perhaps Jesus said it best: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10). This is what choosing Jesus and following His plan results in—abundant life. It is true that there is another way, another kind of life. Jesus mentions it in the same verse—the life which satan, the thief, destroys and robs and kills. This is the deadly danger of following our own ways, making our own rules, choosing our own designs and plans. Jesus has promised abundant life to those who follow Him and His plan. Here in following Him is where we find our purpose, the very thing we were created for as God’s masterpieces. And here we find a new and right identity filled with abundant life.

Submitted by Mike Johnson

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