Humanity’s Purpose!!!

Christ offers us a real view of humanity

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What makes humanity human?
Our purpose.
Our purpose is unique to only us. Humans have a unique purpose in comparison to any other creature on the earth. When God was looking for a partner for Adam, “no helper was found corresponding to him” (Gen. 2:20). Likewise, God created Adam, and all mankind, to have dominion over animals and creation, not to be on the same playing field as animals and creation. Our unique purpose means that humans are not of the same worth as animals.

So, what is humanity’s purpose?

To honor and glorify the one true God who created us by bearing His image.

In this way, our purpose is not able to be defined by other people, our status, our feelings, or our abilities. Rather, it is only capable of being found in God and what He says about us. First, let’s see what He says about us in the Bible.

Ultimately, our humanity leaves us doomed to destruction because through Adam’s sin, all men sinned and are accountable (Rom. 5:12). Because Adam represented all of humanity with his decision to sin, all of humanity is cursed before God and unable to reconcile its relationship with Him. We are cursed before God and unable to reach Him because of His holiness.

How does that purpose give us any worth and value?

Because God became that curse for us by becoming flesh (a.k.a. human, like us) so that we are able to be reconciled to Him.

Our sin is so terrible that it involves death. Death of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, who became flesh. He came down from His perfect spotless palace in heaven to our home, Earth, a sinful broken place with sinful broken people because He loves us.

He did not leave us hopeless in our sin. If He did, He is too holy for us to ever be good enough to earn our salvation! So He made a way for us to be reconciled to Him, and it is not our own efforts, “so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:9). Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

When God created humanity, He said “let us make man in our image, according to our likeness” (Gen. 1:26).  Moreover, we are God’s temple and the Spirit of God lives in us (1 Cor. 3:16), a highest honor because the temple was the most holy place in the Old Testament; it was where God dwelt. But He chooses no longer to dwell in the most holy building, but rather to dwell within believers who accept His salvation.

Humans are given much worth through God’s decision to become a human, which is able to reconcile us back to Him.

So, what is that real view of humanity that Christ offers us?

Eternal life in Him.

From that life, comes the real worth of humanity. Recognizing that our Creator Himself defines us, has given us His image, and chooses to dwell within us gives us the ability to go forth in confidence that our relationship with God is restored because Christ became like us, a human.

 

2 Corinthians 5:21

“He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

Endurance

Lately I had been prone to giving up until I realized that giving up is not an option for a Christian! Jesus calls us to persevere on this earth. Guys, our time here is so short-too short to waste with complaints and giving up. This life is super tough at times but there is really no greater encouragement to keep on going than to know that we will get to be in Jesus’s presence for all of eternity. Any present suffering is not even WORTH comparing to the eternal glory that is going to be revealed to us. If you are a Christian, I want to challenge you in your endurance. If you are not a Christian, I want you to know that there is a God waiting on you to turn from your sin and to Him-waiting, with open arms, longing to embrace you and sustain you daily by the fullness of joy in His presence.

“Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every hindrance and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith. For the joy that lay before Him, He endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that you wont grow weary and give up” (Hebrews 12:1-3).

It is natural to feel like giving up and to need to rest in God’s presence-living in a hostile world takes a toll on us outsiders (for our home is heaven)! When we feel like this, we are directly called to lay aside the sin that ensnares us, run with endurance, consider the hostility Jesus Himself endured, not grow weary, and LOOK TO JESUS! Keep burning for Jesus!

“You must also be patient. Strengthen your hearts because the Lord’s coming is near” (James 5:8).

2 Corinthians 4:8/ 2 Corinthians 4: 16-17/ James 5:11/ Psalms 31: 24/ Psalms 27:14/ 1 Timothy 6:12/ James 1:2-3/ Matthew 24:13/ 1 Peter 1:6-7.

It’s Almost Easter!

blog easter postHello everyone! How are you doing?!

My friends and I decided to make Easter a BIG DEAL because it is God, coming from a perfect place in heaven, to a sinful place with pain, heartache, and suffering (Earth). He did not come to be served, as one might imagine (because He created the people on Earth), He came to serve the people living in their sin! I celebrate Easter because Jesus came to Earth and sacrificed Himself so that if ANYONE believes in Him they WILL be in His holy presence when He returns (John 3:16). Jesus let the people whom he created kill him, BUT He did not stay dead! This fact is why Easter is such a big deal- God gave Jesus life and His rising from the dead brought victory over the devil. Jesus defeated the devil! I hope you take time to reflect why Jesus would come down to Earth so humbly from heaven to die for you today.  blog brick flowerscross-for-easter-billy-graham.jpg

First blog post! Quote Day!

blog quote day theme

“Smile! It makes people wonder what your up to.”

blog quote SMILE

Hello:) One time i went into a cafe restaurant and this quote was posted behind the counter. Naturally, I figured that I should try it out. The cashier lady noticed me smiling and remembered what the poster behind her said… so she gave me free chocolate candy! The point is that, because it can be unusual to see someone smiling for “no reason”, you will make people curious as to why you are smiling. I dare y’all to try it this upcoming week. I will too 😉