Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…
It has been said “human beings are the high point of creation,” the pinnacle of God’s creative work, created in His image. Sin entered and separated humans from the Holy Creator and from one another. Nothing humanly possible can change the situation. But God set in motion the plan for salvation by grace through faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
If you look around the world and humanity today, it’s hard to believe we are the “high point” of God’s creation. From the heights of human goodness to the depths of depravity, from our neighborhoods to distant lands around the world; we see human frailty and cruelty in every variance, in living color, right smack in our homes on our television, in newspapers, and on the internet. It is easy to forget we humans were created in His image; magnificent, wonderful and glorious. But we need to open our eyes and our hearts to the truth in God’s word: we are created in God’s image. That homeless person in desperate need of a good shower and a meal is God’s creation. That tattooed girl with barely a stitch of clothing covering her womanhood is God’s creation. That criminal in the orange suit on T.V. is God’s creation. That woman standing in line at the abortion clinic, is God’s creation. The face staring back at you in the mirror is God’s creation. We are all God’s creation in need of Jesus Christ – Savior of all mankind. Sin and separation should break our hearts and move us to share the hope of the Gospel knowing what will happen to humankind without Him. In our dismay over the current condition of the world, may we be motivated to actively pursue the furtherance of the Gospel in evangelism, on the mission field and supporting those in ministry in far off lands doing the same. It is His desire, His plan, and our commission to reach all men with the Gospel.
PERSONAL NOTE: This week, my husband and I are preparing to take part in a community event where 2500 bike riders gather for a common cause to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. It’s a good cause, but the cure isn’t the only reason we do it. We recognize the greater illness; separation from God. A greater cure exists; JESUS CHRIST. So as we make our way through life and the bike-ways at this event, we are acutely aware of God’s most important creation: people. While we raise money to help find a cure, we raise awareness of the only answer to illness and death: Jesus. Restoration of the relationship between man and God through faith in Jesus Christ is foremost to anything and everything we do. This event is a perfect opportunity to get real and get busy being His ambassadors sharing the hope of the Gospel to every human on this ride and beyond.
1 Timothy 2:3–6 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time.