There are lots of ideas about who we are and how we should live. And lots of the messages we’re given seem contradictory, confusing or just wrong. So this week, we’re doing something a bit different and considering six verses from the first chapter of the Bible, verses that lay the foundations of what it means to be human.
26 Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’
29 Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.’ And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.Genesis 1
Most fundamentally, we learn that we are created.
- We did not invent ourselves – so there’s no room for pride.
- We did not spring from nowhere – so there are answers.
- We did not come about by chance – so there is purpose.
And, most importantly, we are created BY GOD. Life is a gift, and there is someone to thank for this gift. We may have questions and – good news! – there’s someone we can ask.
We are not drifting in a vague haze of existential angst. Whilst we may find life confusing and hard at times. But there can be answers and there can be help.
Any understanding of humanity without reference to God will always be fundamentally flawed. We cannot determine reality by ourselves trying to discover it by imagination or reason. We will can only begin to understand anything of the Creator, if He reveals it to us.
Being created also means that we are answerable to the one who made us. We are not entirely autonomous beings; we don’t belong to ourselves. Instead we are God’s creatures in His created world and, as such, we are under His authority.
God made us, and so knows us. He knows how we work and how we should live. He designed us deliberately and so we really should listen to what He says.
Take time during the day to count everything that God has given you in creation. You will run out of breath long before you run out of God’s gifts. Take time to thank God for his generosity to us.