In the world we can be defined by race, nationality, politics, sexuality, economic status, gender, age, species, religion, and 1001 other ways. Most of us have multiple ways of defining ourselves depending on who we are with. As children, the circumstances of our lives and the behavior of those around us profoundly influenced how we later developed as adults. Whether we were loved or abused, protected or exploited, encouraged or ignored, nurtured or traumatized, those experiences have influenced how we see ourselves.
But, in God’s kingdom, we have significance and purpose that is unique, unrepeatable, irreplaceable, and not dependent on how life has treated us. We have a place in His universe that no one else can fill.
The Bible says: “God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27
The world tries to press us into its various molds, but God made us to be like Him in a totally unique way, even down to our fingerprints. The world decides our worth depending on whether we have something it wants but God made us to be the objects of His love. Because life can be harsh, many of us either doubt the existence of God or question His motive towards us – totally understandable. And yet, something in us just knows that this life is not normal. We feel the injustices, because we somehow know that many of life’s experiences are not how things are supposed to be.
The Bible also says, “But God demonstrated His love towards us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”, because it teaches that the problems of this world are first and foremost moral. All the wrongs in the world are the cumulative effects of so many bad choices – beginning when Adam chose to disobey God. Sometimes we have been the victims; other times we have been the perpetrators, but more often we have been the inheritors of other people’s foolishness. And the consequences keep on accumulating – climate change being just one of them.
Fortunately, God hasn’t given up on us. He sent His Son to pay the price for all our sins, so we could have our sins forgiven, be empowered to live the life we were meant to live, and take our rightful place in His Kingdom. He didn’t promise us paradise in this life but He did promise to give us our best life by making all the things that happen to us (past, present and future) work for our good.
When you and I choose to entrust our lives to Him, He guarantees us an inheritance worth receiving and a place to belong that lasts forever.
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