Do you know what a blueprint is? It is the photographic print of a building plan prepared by the architect. The greatest of all architects, who created everything seen and unseen, is God. And we are the crowning glory of his creation as St. Paul says “for we are God`s workmanship.” (Ephesians 2:10) We are the masterpiece of all that he created because he made humans in His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:26). This means that our lives are precious, divine and unique.
As God so magnificently designed us and endowed us with the power to know Him and allowed us to call him “father”, we are the most privileged and blessed of all creatures. God made everything with a purpose. As sons and daughters of the Creator we have been made for a reason and that is to live a fruitful and happy life in this world by enjoying the fruits of God’s creation and to return to his eternal kingdom of heavenly bliss after this earthly life.
The word of God is the blueprint for us to follow so that we can achieve what he has planned for us. In the first chapter of St. John’s Gospel we read “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God.” So the word of God means God himself. This word came down from heaven and became man as Jesus Christ. Through his birth, life, death and resurrection, Jesus opened the doors to heaven for us so that we could be saved. Jesus is our model, mentor, redeemer, lord and master. Our destinies are bound to him. The written form of the word of God is the Bible which contains the revelations that God made through the generations.
My dear young people, “the word of God should be engraved on your hearts.” (Deuteronomy 6:6) You should remember this because whatever is in your heart will be reflected on the outside. Our lives are to be moulded according to the word of God. That is our call and our goal in life. The word of God is our shield and protection against evil and helps us to overcome our human frailties. The Psalmist proclaims “I have laid up your word in my heart that I may not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:11) The word of God is the most powerful antidote against sin. When it has a place in our hearts; it promises to help us to turn away from sin, and will lead us to greater purity of heart and life.
So my dear young friends be energized by the word of God. Let it inspire you at all times. Pray constantly, asking God to fill your hearts with a yearning to love him with all your might. I pray that the Spirit of God may fill you and your loved ones with a new fervour for the holy word of God in your life and that it will be your road map to peace, happiness and salvation.
Written by Fr Soji Olikkal