In the Beginning Pt 1 // Image

By April 11, 2012#Influence, #StuMin

Every beginning has an end in mind.  When God created the universe and humankind, His end purpose was to have perfect relationship with Him.  We were created in His own image and likeness.  That means our lives are meant to reflect the image and glory of God in this world that He created.  Sadly, that image was corrupted when Adam and Eve sinned and our perfect relationship was broken.  Yet God does not start something He will not finish and His end purpose would be fulfilled through His son, Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God with us, who offered His life to restore the relationship that was broken long ago.

We see this beginning and end perfectly illustrated in the Bible with the “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” of Genesis 1:1, the “In the beginning was the Word” of John 1, and ending in Revelation with “He will live with them.  They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God” (21:3).

This series is all about restoring that relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  It’s about understanding his desire to be with us.  It’s believing that whatever God starts in our hearts he will see through to the end.  Like Paul said in Philippians 1:6, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”  My prayer is that by the end of this series, everyone will be assured of God’s love, convinced of his purpose, and committed to live with an end in mind.

First we need to understand that we were created in the image and likeness of God.  Genesis 1:26-27 says, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us… So God created human beings in his own image.  In the image of God he created them.”  Notice that God created everything with the words, “Let there be,” but made a distinction when he created us… “Let us make.”  We are a special creation.  We share moral, natural, and physical attributes as God.  We have a sense of right and wrong.  We have a spirit, mind, and emotions, and God gave us the same form he would visibly appear to us in Jesus Christ.  We are created in his likeness, in human form.  The Bible doesn’t say God sent his one and only platypus to earth.  The Word became flesh, human, and made his dwelling among us.

That is the core of the deception of evolution.  The Bible says I was created in God’s image, as a human.  Evolution says I came from a fish or monkey.  Not only does evolution seek to steal the glory of God from creation, but it also sets out to steal your value and worth as a person created in the likeness of the Creator.  God says you are his greatest masterpiece, an image of perfection.  Evolution says you’re a monkey.  God says every beginning has an end in mind… a purpose… a plan.  Evolution says there is no end.  I don’t know about you, but I choose to bet my life on a Creator who calls me His own, who loves me, who has a plan for me, who sent his only Son to die for me, who created me, looked over me and said “it was very good!”… not a theory that says I’m as valuable as a goldfish we flush down the toilet.

Not one of us would choose to believe that, would we?  Most of us would say we firmly believe in a Creator who created us in his own likeness, in his own image.  Yet in many ways we deny those beliefs every time we look in a mirror.  We look in the mirror and don’t see much value, we don’t see much worth.  We forget that the image we see is what God created.  We say we believe in a Creator, but we act like an evolutionist.  We deny the truth to believe a lie.

People say image is everything and I would agree.  The image we have of ourselves dictates how we behave, how we feel, and how we live.  So many girls have such a poor image of themselves.  They look in the mirror and don’t like what they see.  They have forgotten that the image they see in the mirror is the one God intended and they settle for the lies of beauty and worth that the world conveys.  They put so much effort to try to create an image that will bring them acceptance, that will gain them love, when their existence alone is a portrait of acceptance and love.  Guys try to create their image as well to try and fit in or stand out.  They look in the mirror and try to look cool or act like a clown to gain acceptance.  They settle on following when they could be leading, and choosing to be a boy rather than grow into a man.  We get caught up in the here and now and forget there’s a plan and a purpose, that every beginning has an end in mind.

The other night I laid in bed thinking about this whole topic.  I glanced over to the corner of our room where the mirror is.  I got out of bed and stood in front of the mirror.  I couldn’t see anything because the room was consumed in darkness.  There was no light to illuminate the image.  That’s sometimes how we live our lives… surrounded by darkness, unable to see the created likeness of God.  When we choose to let light of Christ into our lives, the image of who God created us to be is illuminated.  As it says in John 1, “In the beginning the Word already existed.  The Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He existed in the beginning with God.  God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.  The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”  God’s plan all along is to have a perfect relationship with him.  Every beginning has an end in mind.

 

Author Matt

I'm a husband, father, leader, and geek whose time is wrapped up in faith, family, film, and travel. I guess I'm a little like the equivalent of a utility player in baseball. I'm happy with not being the best at something as long as I'm always trying to get better.

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