David asked this question in Psalm 8 when he wrote, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him?”
If you were asked the question, “Why did God create us?” What would be your answer?
The Westminster Shorter Catechism might answer it, “to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever”. An agnostic might say, “Because he needed us”. A cynic might say, “Because he was lonely”.
The Bible doesn’t seem to give us a definitive answer, but it definitely gives us some options from which to choose, such as the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
Let me offer another reason.
God created us to love Him and to love others.
God Eternal existed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Triune God, living in perfect relationship with Himself spoke in Genesis, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…” We were created in His image as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, living in a perfect relationship.
Hence, God created us to be in a perfect relationship with Him and with others. I daresay, to be in a flawless relationship means that we know how to love. So, we could reduce it by saying that God created us to love Him and to love others.
Perhaps, the reason why Jesus, when asked, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” responded by saying, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:36-39)
Jesus commands us to love God and love others. Maybe because that is the reason why He created us.
Something to think about…