What’s the Deal With People?

Yesterday at CrossWay we began a three-part miniseries about people.  We looked at who human beings are, where we came from, and why we exist.

People are unique.  Unlike any other creature, God made us in His own image and put us in charge of everything else He made.  Unfortunately, we often abuse that responsibility, just as we often see people abuse power over others.

Why did God make us?  For three relationships:

First, there’s our vertical relationship–that is, our relationship with our Creator.  There’s a popular myth that God made us because He was lonely.  God has never been lonely!  Within the Holy Trinity there is perfect community, perfect fellowship.  Let’s not flatter ourselves by thinking that God has some need for company, and we’re here because we can meet a need that God has.  Instead, God has so graciously made us so that we can enjoy a friendship with Him.

Second, there’s our horizontal relationship–that is, our relationships with other people.  We were made to live in peace with each other, to love one another.  Many books have been written and sermons preached about the “one anothers” of the Bible: love one another, be at peace with one another, help one another, pray for one another, carry one another’s burdens, etc.  We were made to enjoy friendships with other people.  This is one reason why Mennonites insist on taking a nonviolent position.  Whenever we treat other people with verbal or physical violence, we violate one of the designs for which we were created–we corrupt the dignity that God gave to them and to us.

Third, and this one is often overlooked, is our circular relationship.  That’s the unique relationship with creation that God has assigned to us.  We are responsible for taking care of this planet where we live.  When we’re good to the planet, it’s good to us!  I’m afraid that future generations will suffer the most for our carelessness with this relationship.  We’ve been given a special, honored responsibility, and we’ve been failing miserably.  But there is hope!  Just as God redeems this messed up human race, He will also restore the rest of His creation.

God created us good.  And even though we’ve gone the wrong way, we can be restored to the fullness of our humanity through Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Son of Man.

Published in: on October 22, 2007 at 7:45 am  Leave a Comment  

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