Foundations For Life
In the first chapter of Genesis, we discover that God is the creator of the whole world and everything in it. However, from the beginning and throughout scripture, humankind is uniquely created and divinely set apart. We are esteemed above all creation and given a purpose.
More importantly, God loves humankind (1 John 4:7-8). He cherishes every life and strictly forbids the shedding of innocent blood and taking of human life (Ex 20:13, Deut 19:10, Proverbs 6:7).
As the days of creation unfolded, God brought everything into existence through His spoken word. However, when it came to humankind, God became intimately engaged by getting personally involved in forming man.
God would bring life to man by personally breathing His breath of life into him (Gen 2:7). He would also be personally involved in forming woman as well. “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Gen 1:27)
God spoke and created stars and land. In the same way, God created the seas. After each facet of creation, He would describe it as “good.” However, when God finished creating humankind, He pronounced it as “very good.” We were distinctly better in His eyes than everything else He created.
God’s personal involvement is further described in Psalm 139, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Whether knitted or formed on the potter’s wheel, God is intimately creating every person.
God created the world, everything in it, and the pinnacle of His creation in humankind. He would place humankind in dominion over the rest of creation. (Gen 1:26-28).
The psalmist writes (Psalm 100:3), “Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”
God knows each one of us even before we are formed in the womb (Jeremiah 1:4-5). He adds, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
Sin came into the world because of the fall in the garden of Eden. It is not hard to look at this world and recognize how much evil, sin, and fallenness exists. Despite our brokenness, God still loves and cherishes each of us.
It is hard to imagine that even as much as humankind has turned away from God, our Heavenly Father loves us more than we can fathom.. John shares in his gospel (3:16), “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
God is love, and He withholds His love from no one. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God because God is love. In this, the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him.” (1 John 4: 7-8).
Steal, Kill, and Destroy
In John (10:10), Christ tells us, “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but I have come that you may have life and life abundantly.” We can take comfort in knowing that Christ came that we may have life. He is the ultimate life-giver.
However, we must be aware of Satan’s (the thief) intentions. What is the thief looking to steal, kill, and destroy? Anything that is belongs to God, and as the pinnacle of His creation, humankind is the focal point of Satan’s activities.
Satan is actively looking to steal, kill, and destroy the human lives that our Heavenly Father so esteems and loves. In every turn and with every type of deception, Satan is trying to devalue life. As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, it is our calling to be imitators of Christ (Eph 5:1) and that we are to be life-givers where Satan is devaluing life.
Will you join us in bringing life and life abundantly to the places where Satan actively devalues life?