Bible Bite: The Honor of Being Human

Bible Bite: The Honor of Being Human

This year, one of my spiritual goals is to work through Nancy Guthrie’s five-volume series on seeing Jesus in the Old Testament.

I started this study because my personal reading of Scripture has always been in bits and pieces. Somehow I lost the big picture Story.

So back to Genesis 1 I go, this time with a desire to understand how God’s agenda and purposes play out and impact my life today.

In this familiar passage, we are given not just the account of what happened, but a solid statement of who we are as humans.

Have you realized how very special you and I are?

While all of creation was deemed good, only humanity is created in His image. Then He pronounces creation to be “very good.” (Gen. 1:31)

Think about that: I bear the image of God. And He calls that image very good.

So often, I focus on the effects of the sin that mars that image. I forget that in my humanity, that image still exists.

It is in this humanity that Christ came, the perfect human, the second Adam, despite being born in a broken world (1 Cor. 15:22, 45).

Yes, my flesh is still weak. But if I have been made new in Christ, it is no longer who I am.

Even when I face suffering and brokenness in this world, I can remember that this is not my final destination.

No, He is preparing me to enter a land even better than Eden.

If you call Him your Savior, this is true of you too.

That image of Christ still exists in you, in me. And it is very good.

We now have a way back to God through Jesus.

Confess your sin. Ask for His forgiveness. Receive His cleansing (1 John 1:9).

Then lean on Him to help you live out the new life that is ours in Christ.

This is how we grow.

Through the failures, the trials we face, He is transforming me, little by little (2 Cor. 3:18).

Even in this broken world, we are more than conquerors, just like He is (Rom. 8:39).

He has given us the work of ordering and stewardship over this world. I don’t think the mandate in Gen. 1:28 has changed.

In our sinful nature, we have abused that authority, but with Christ re-shaping our hearts, we once again can do this right.

Until He comes again, you and I have been given the great privilege of representing Him here on earth.

We have been blessed to bear fruit and multiply (Gen. 1:28, John 15:16). Sometimes that means dying to self (John 12:24) as we make disciples (Matt. 28:18-20).

What a tremendous privilege and calling we have as humans.

What we believe about ourselves is of vital importance.

It will radically change how we live.

How will these truths change how you live today?

 

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