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July 15, 1994

The Reality of Mortality

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Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both. ECCLESIASTES 3:19
When God created the world, He left behind clues everywhere about His identity as the Creator and our identity as the creation. Since time began, God has been concerned that we not get those identities confused. The Creator sets the agenda. The creation follows the agenda.
Man’s mortality is one of the most obvious signs he is creation rather than Creator. “As for men, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. … As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath” (Ecclesiastes 3:18-19). We breathe, we die, and we go to dust—just like our pet dogs.
Why do we need to understand that? Because a life of fullness and joy is inextricably connected to an understanding that we come under God’s authority, agenda, and timing. It also matters because we ought to live in such a way that we, created beings, properly acknowledge our Creator. Our thinking, actions, and priorities should make it clear to anyone who observes that we are individuals under authority and that the large and small decisions of our lives are not for us to make on our own.
We might be confused about many things, but we should never be confused about the fact that we are not the Creator. Nor should we be confused about the fact that the Creator is an intelligent Being Who prefers an ordered existence. Even if we don’t know Scripture, what may be known about God ought to be plain to us. Why? Because God has made it plain: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
As His creation, we obey God, we love God, and we worship God, our Creator.

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