Good Monday morning Yall, :)
I wanted to tell you how delightful it was to be a part of the beautiful soul care and powerful spiritual ministry among High Park Baptist Church yesterday! Music, sermon, missionary updates, personal stories, communion, financial offering and prayers. Wonderful and worshipful stuff!
I spoke about the 6th of 12 Sacred Seeds: fulfilling the dignified purpose of being human. The purpose of being human is to be reflective icons of God’s character exercising responsible dominion over the rest of creation. Our Creator King has given all humans, not just Christians, a dignified purpose to fulfill!
Genesis 1:27 (English Standard Version)
26Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
Colossians 1:15 He (Jesus Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
Colossians 3:10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Jesus Christ fulfills that mandate from Gen 1:26-27 as the Perfect Representitive, and as the crucified Redeemer and our image Restorer. He came in full humanity to be the light of the world, then was crucified and resurrected to restore the broken image of God in us, then delegated that light of the world function to the church, the new iconic representative sample of the new and fullest humanity God will consummate at the end of time.
One of my favorite humans is the historical figure named John the Baptist. His life a human was dignified and fulfilled by bringing maximum attention to the real Jesus in his own unique way.
The moon has no light of it’s own. It simply REFLECTS the light of the sun into the darkness.
Jesus is the light of the word. He says that his disciples are the light of the world.
Reflecting God’s character is the purpose of being fully human.
Think of the purpose of a mirror or the moon when you think about being human. Think about the purpose of Jesus Christ and
John the Baptist when you think about your life as a human.
I made up a little poem in the process of thinking about my sermon on “Humanity”:
The moral of the story, is gaining God glory
The name of Our game, is the fame of his name
There is a commonly known poem that you may have seen around homes and kitchens:
This life is short and soon shall pass,
Only what is done for christ will last!