Man: Made by God and for God

PSALM 139:1-10

 

 

Our culture greatly values outward appearance and  athletic prowess. As a result, many of us think negatively about our bodies. We  compare ourselves with others and conclude we do not measure up to society’s  ideal. Such unhealthy comparisons can  lead us into an emotional downward spiral. But the Lord sees things  differently.

 

First, God made us—male and female—in His image, and  then called what He had created “good” (Gen. 1:31). He  knitted each of us in the womb (Ps. 139:13 niv); no one is  exactly like anyone else. From the Lord’s perspective, we are each uniquely  made, with both value and purpose.

 

Second, our importance to the  Father is seen in His Son’s sacrifice on our behalf. Christ shed His blood and  paid for our sins so that we might be set free from the penalty and power of  sin. God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to take our place on the cross (1  John 4:10).

 

Finally, God designed man to be in relationship with  Him. Adam and Eve lived in the Garden and had communion  with the Creator. Abraham followed the Lord and  was called God’s friend (James 2:23). Through faith in Jesus, we have become  children of God and co-heirs with Christ (Rom. 8:17 niv). Our whole being—body, soul, and spirit—belongs to Him.

 

The media bombards us with  how to be prettier, stronger, and more popular. But such pursuits don’t bring  lasting satisfaction. Contentment is found when we remember how precious we are  to God: He created us, our Savior died for us, and the Holy Spirit lives in us.

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