Do you have a dog?
And now you’re all reading this asking if I mistakenly posted that previous sentence. I really meant to ask, “do you have a dog?”
I do have a dog, her name is Confetti, and she is 6 years old. She is a mischievous, lazy border beagle that I absolutely adore. After, however, many posts analyzing the Bible, I figured I’d talk about my dog for a bit. She’s a good dog, and I absolutely love her. But she has some issues. She doesn’t sit when I want her to half the time unless I have a treat, she steals food off my counter when I’m not looking, and basically, she’s just a jerk sometimes.
But every night, when I lay down, she’s the first one to snuggle up next to me and go to sleep.
My dog has a fantastic purpose on this earth; it’s to bring me joy. There, I said it. I get joy from my dog. A lot of joy, actually. Dogs are bred to bring humans joy on this earth; whether through work, companionship, or assurance, dogs are here to help, serve and love humans.
I think we all know where I’m going with this. (If you don’t stay tuned because I think for a majority of our society, what I’m about to say is unpleasant).
Through my relationship with my dog, I have found the meaning to life (the TL;DR is at the end of the post).
Colossians 1:16 tells us, “all things were created for him and through him.” God created us in much the same way as dogs are bred (now the humanists AND PETA are going after me). We are here only to serve, work and love God. Originally in the garden of Eden, we were to be companions to God. While we can do as we please, much like my dog does sometimes, we are not here to please ourselves. As dogs are not here to please themselves. Much like dogs as well, God has separated his chosen from the rest of the world.
Hold up, there are basically 340 breeds of dogs in the world, how are dogs separated from other dogs?
Good question; through selective breeding and domestication, man has removed the dogs from the conformity of the wild and put them into a role to fulfill man’s desires. Their sole job is to make us happy through service; however, this isn’t without its benefits.
Remember above I said my dog is lazy? That is a luxury a wolf can’t afford or a dingo. They can’t be lazy, or they will be killed or will die of starvation. Nature is rough; I’ve seen enough David Attenborough documentaries to note what can and what can’t kill me in the wild, and let me tell you, I’m glad I live relatively far away from the equator.
My dog also doesn’t have to hunt for food, she’s given toys to play with and has also claimed my whole ten-foot sectional as her own. Everything is provided for her, yet she still won’t listen and she still steals my pizza.
Back to my original thought process. God has separated His chosen people from the wild. He has separated them through salvation to become closer to absolute good. In exchange for servitude, love, and workmanship, His chosen people are promised paradise after death and to be blessed on this earth in accordance with their work (Rom 2:6).
God’s chosen people were removed from a society that may have laws, but they lack in all morality. God’s chosen people have to adhere to the laws of a perfectly good God to the best of their ability, while the ones that have rejected Him can change their laws to reflect their current whims. Much like a wild dog who constantly searches for food, a man without God must continually search for happiness.
Society and culture teach us that we just “need to find happiness” or that we need to “follow our heart” or we need to speak “your truth.” God tells us simply in 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” We are much like dogs, we are only here to serve our God, and everything we do should consider if it will please Him.
TL;DR- Man’s purpose on this Earth is only to serve God.
Part 2 coming soon “What is Love // Society’s Bastardization of Love”