God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” God created human beings; he created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.” (Genesis 1:26-28 MSG)
Did you read it?
The very fist line of this passage…“Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature.” It goes on to say, “God created human beings; he created them godlike.”
WOW!!! In the beginning, humankind was gifted with life from the Creator. In chapter 2 of Genesis it says how “God formed Man out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life.” In that one moment God breathed and man inhaled the breath of God giving him life, purpose, and all he would need to succeed.
A lot happens after the creation of Adam and Eve and it frustrates the mess out of me…this is how it went down…
“Do I understand that God told you not to eat from any tree in the garden?” The Woman said to the serpent, “Not at all. We can eat from the trees in the garden. It’s only about the tree in the middle of the garden that God said, ‘don’t eat from it; don’t even touch it or you’ll die.’”
The serpent told the Woman, “You won’t die. God knows that the moment you eat from that tree, you’ll see what’s really going on. You’ll be just like God, knowing everything, ranging all the way from good to evil.” (Genesis 3:1-5 MSG)
Genesis chapter 1 says that God created human beings godlike! But, in the first few verses of chapter 3 the serpent tells Eve, "if you eat this fruit only then can you be like God." For a brief moment, Adam and Eve didn’t understand how special they really were. God’s actual, literal breath was flowing through their lungs. They had a relationship with the Creator that no other creature had. They were blessed to prosper, reproduce and take charge over all God’s creation. So, why in the world would they choose to listen to the serpent’s nonsense? At what point did God’s voice take a back seat to the deceit and twisted words of the serpent?
Maybe Adam and Eve felt they didn’t measure up to the tasks God had given them to do?
Maybe they questioned whether or not they were good enough?
Maybe they felt inadequate and needed that extra something to make up for their weaknesses?
Look at what the writer of Psalm 139: 13-15 says,
“You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.”
God knows you better than anyone. You were created exactly the way God wanted you to be. He's laid out every moment of your life. Because of that everything you need to advance God’s kingdom lies within you.
It’s there. Your talents. Your passions. Your unique gifts. They're waiting to be developed and released bit by bit as you live out your days following God. The enemy would have you believe you're a mistake. He wants to bring doubt and confusion to why you're here. Because he knows if you believe in the words found in Psalm 139 you'll know the truth about how much God is for you. Resist the temptation to listen to the enemy's voice. Make the daily choice to follow after God.
So as you go through out the week remember this...
God created you wonderful and complex.
Jesus saves so you can live a life free from sin and find purpose.
The Holy Spirit empowers your life to bring witness to the life of Jesus.
You have everything you need to change the world.