Saturday, March 8, 2014

From Genesis to Now: Man

Dear Christa—
When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them “man” (Genesis 5:1).
“…in the likeness of God…”
That explains a lot about people. From the tiniest cell, all of creation is wonderful and mindboggling.  But of all creation, people are beyond description. The human body and all its intricacies, the mind and its capabilities, the bend toward the spiritual—all these, even in our fallen state, bear a reflection of God. Man who was created only “a little lower than the angels,” is created in the likeness of God.
Man is capable of unimaginable abilities and great good. 
We don’t fly much, but when we do, I always think of how amazing such a thing is. In mere hours we’ve crossed an ocean to take up grandkids in our arms from Germany to England and to all parts of the U. S. Currently, Jay’s mom is anticipating medical procedures that border on the miraculous. We live in an amazing time.
It does not stop there; people are feeding the hungry and lifting the weakest. Not all is bad in our world, and people (Christian and not) are the impetus to mead out goodness. We do so because it brings us joy to help others.  
It’s a characteristic of God.
But, because people are so wonderfully made, it is so easy to forget God—to forget there is One greater. To forget God is to replace God with oneself. To forget God in our goodness is the most dangerous thing in the world. To forget God is to forget we need a Savior. And, in all of man’s glory, we are most fallen and needy and capable of all sorts of selfishness.
The fallen state of our world brings pain, hurt, and remembrance. It causes us to remember that there is One greater, and we need Him. It causes us to remember that earth holds no Eden. 
We cannot look for Heaven on earth. 
It is not here.
All of life is precious, and we should appreciate it, 
be grateful for it, 
and never forget from where it comes.

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