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6th September 2015
God created all things: He created the sun and moon and stars, animals, plants, everything that exists, and He said it was good. But then He also made mankind in His image, and again He said that it was good.
God is the Author of life itself. He is the source of life. He brought you into this world. You are not an accident. However you came into the world, you are not an accident, you were created by God – you were made in His image. Every single human life is made in the image of God.
Being made in God's image screams that every human life is precious. You have great value. Not only did God make you, but you are very precious to Him. So much so that Jesus went to the cross to die for you. When you were a sinner, when you didn't know Him at all, He died for you. That's how much value He places on your life.
This should affect how we look at ourselves and how we look at others. You need to recognise that you are valuable and precious, and then to look at others and recognise that they are made in God's image too.
How have you emotionally connected to the images in the news recently? How have you reacted to the photos of the body of the little boy washed up on the beach this week? As we look at these images something within us cries out, "NO!" Because we know that life is precious. It doesn't matter what political party you're from – it's a question of connecting with Jesus' compassion for those He holds so precious.
God made us, we are precious to Him, and He has created us to be incredibly diverse. There's a lot about us that makes us the same – wherever we from, most of us have two arms, two legs, two eyes, etc. But He has also created us to be very diverse too – there's no one else exactly like you, there's no one who thinks exactly like you do, no one who acts exactly as you do. You bring something onto the Earth that no other human being does.
Each one of us reflects something of the God who made us. Each one shines something of the love of Jesus that no one else does. It's not uniformity; it's unity in our diversity. You are a unique shape. You matter.
Are you someone who celebrates difference?
We were made for purpose. We were created to be ambassadors of Jesus Christ, reflecting His love and beauty to those around us, bringing freedom and grace wherever we go. Our mandate is to bring good news to the poor, to bring freedom for the captive, to bind up the broken-hearted (Isaiah 61). Our job as followers of Jesus is to show people how loved they are.
John Wesley said: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
We've been made for purpose, and we've also been made for relationship. You were made, crafted and designed for love – to receive love and to give love. Sometimes we find it difficult to love because we still have areas of our hearts where we need to be healed. But Jesus has set us free to know we are loved and to show love to others.
When I look at my son, I see that he looks a bit like me. God made us to look like Him. We were made for intimacy with Him, being who He has made us to be.
In Christ, our original design is restored. Sin has caused damage and brokenness. The original design was lost, but Jesus came to restore humanity back to it. In Christ, I realise who I am, where I'm from and where I'm going. In Him I realise how valuable I am – and not only me but every human being. In Christ I realise my life has purpose and I am chosen, adopted and forever loved as a son. Hallelujah.
Posted by Santino Hamberis