Living in perfect communion, communication and companionship with God made Adam and Eve complete. Their holiness was not about the absence of wrong actions but the perfect wholeness they experienced in their relationship with God. In the original design, holiness was a state of humanity, not a consequence of right actions.
Adam and Eve operated in an ecosystem of holiness; therefore, all they did was holy. Behavior didn’t make them whole. They were perfect, so their behavior was perfect. Every act of “holiness” that we attempt today is only evidence of the human spirit seeking that original wholeness. We try to achieve this through external means, because we long for inner restoration of that perfect relationship. Religion desperately tries to fix this design flaw through moral and behavioral rehabilitation.
Adam’s relationship with his loving Father gave meaning and purpose to his life. He could not have done anything more to find meaning. His created position of being in spiritual communion with God was enough. Adam was made so he could delight in God and God in him. All creative work that Adam did was a reflection of the One who gave him life. Adam did not subdue the earth in order to find meaning and purpose in life; he already had it. The rest of creation experiences purpose in their actions, but the purpose of mankind is experienced in his/her relationship with a Person.
If were to have asked Adam, “What gives you purpose?” he would not have pointed to all his accomplishments. He would have said, “My Father, alone, is the meaning of my life. My identity as His child fulfills me. Purpose does not drive me; the Person does.”
We long to live in such a state of being where our identity is defined by who we are and not by what we do, and we can return back to that original! Being children of God does not involve an ideology or a theology, but a biography. There is a world of difference between seeking God for His purpose and seeking the God of purpose. Experiencing God is the meaning of life. Adam and Eve did not achieve a purpose; they experienced it. They did not discover the meaning of life; they experienced it in communion, communication and companionship with God. Experiencing sonship identity is not a statement of belief but an experiential reality that is consequential to belief! “Child of God” is not statement of confidence but an awareness of the Creator within. The Spirit of God, testifying to our spirit that we are children of God, is the incredible identity that we long to experience!