Sunday, September 8, 2019

Life is Sacred


All humans are created by God.  All humans are made in the image of God.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” - Genesis 1:26-28
The body is an exquisite masterpiece of human design.  Think about all our functioning systems and how they all work together to keep us alive.  AMAZING!
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them! - Psalm 139:13-17

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
And before you were born I consecrated you;
I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” - Jeremiah 1:5
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"Image of God" means relationship

"Image of God" means representation.

Our lives represent who God is.

Our pastor references a bus junk yard just north of our area.  It sits off of one of our main state roads just north of the county line.  We have always called it the bus grave yard.  The lot is home to who knows how many old school buses.  The old schools buses were once fully functioning school buses.  They used to safely transport students to school and back home.  Now, they are broken, rusty shells of what they once were.  

Someone who is not walking with the Lord is like one of those old school buses.  They are made in the image of God but they no longer look or function like there were created to look and function.

With our lives, we either live the life God created us to live and bless those around us or we function like an old broken school bus.
With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God. - James 3:9
Be careful with your keyboard.  Social media is both a wonderful and terrible place.  Let's be careful how we represent the God we serve both online and off.  We are ambassadors for Christ.
Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. - 2 Corinthians 5:20
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