At the age of twenty-three, I became a Christian. I can clearly remember why. I was struggling with the question: the one we all know, the one we have all asked at least once in our lives. Remember the scene in the first Matrix movie where Neo meets Morpheus for the first time? They are sitting in a dark room in big leather chairs. Morpheus is wearing a long leather jacket and sunglasses. Their conversation goes like this:
Morpheus: Do you believe in fate, Neo?
Morpheus: Why not?
Neo: ’Cause I don’t like the idea that I’m not in control of my life.
Morpheus: I know exactly what you mean. Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here because you know something. What you know, you can’t explain. But you feel it. You felt it your entire life. That there is something wrong with the world. You don’t know what it is, but it’s there. Like a splinter in your mind driving you mad. It is this feeling that has brought you to me. Do you know what I’m talking about?
It was the splinter in my mind, driving me mad—the eternal questions. Who am I? What am I supposed to do with my life? Is there some grand design behind it all? It sucked not knowing the answers to those questions, my questions. I’m here to tell you there is an answer to these questions. There is purpose behind the design, and there always has been.
Have you ever bought an electrical device? An iPhone, DVD recorder, washing machine, lawnmower, car? If you buy the device new, it will always come with a manual. The manual is a description of the product you bought and what it is designed for. It has detailed instructions about the purpose of the device, as well as how it can best be used. Every model kit comes with instructions, every cake has a recipe, and every building has a blueprint. Every piece of furniture from IKEA comes with a step-by-step guide showing how to put it together.
Every man has a manual also. Look at what God says in Genesis 1:26: “Let us make human beings in our image, in our likeness.”
We have a designer with a capital D. We’re not made only in the likeness of God Himself—which would have been good enough for me—but in the likeness of the entire Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. How cool is that?
If you know what the designer intended when he created something, you can understand its purpose and figure out its destiny.
This is an excerpt from my book “The Goal Is Life”. You can order your copy toady or find our more here