God, the Almighty, had a beautiful and mysterious desire when He conceived of you. As we look through Scripture, we find it is nearly impossible to underestimate the value and importance of humanity to our Eternal Creator:
- God created men and women in His image and gave us dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26; Psalms 8:5-8).
- Our Creator longs for fellowship with us (Leviticus 26:12; Isaiah 57:15; Zechariah 2:10; John 14:1-3, 23, 17:22-24; 1 Corinthians 1:9; Revelation 21:7).
- Jesus, the Son of God, laid down His life so we can have life through His sacrifice (John 3:16, 10:11-18, 15:13; 1 John 3:16; Romans 5:8).
- Our Father of Lights willingly gives us everything we need–and more–through Christ (John 16:13-15; Ephesians 1:18-19; Romans 8:16-17; 2 Peter 1:2-4).
- We have an incredible future fashioned for us (Psalms 16:11; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Revelation 21:3-4, 22:1-5) and a breathtaking destiny as the Bride of our glorious King as we become an eternal dwelling place for the LORD (Isaiah 54:5; 2 Corinthians 5:1-5; Ephesians 5:25-27; Revelation 19:6-9).
So, these are spectacular ideas, beautiful visions. But what of reality? What about the pervasive, vile wickedness we view on this earth? What sort of lunacy gives vent to this fantasy that “all will be well”? How do we reconcile these fantastic dreams with the filth and degradation and sadistic torment inflicted upon the innocent and defenseless? These questions are part of the staggering tragedy of our existence, a nightmarish enigma we must grapple with, a hideous mystery we are not fully capable of understanding or explaining as we walk through the daily wreckage of our catastrophically fallen and broken world.
Every day, we are confronted with graphic displays of the crushing agony of humankind separated from God by our insistence on self-determination and control. Instead of achieving greatness, we incinerate everything noble and wondrous about us into smoldering and stinking ash as we watch the charred debris of our best efforts scattered by the icy blast of meaningless despair howling from cultural Babylon—the city of self-worship, self-absorption, self-dependence; a worldwide community built on the hubris of mankind; a megalopolis destined for destruction.
In dismay and fear, we fight and struggle and war with each other, because we are desperate to exercise control over circumstances in our quest for significance. Something within us tells us we should be gods. This is the thrumming of a demonic seduction, promising wealth and knowledge and power. It is a perfidious assurance that we can reign in a kingdom of our own creation. It is the essence of hell: Separation from our true Source of life; disconnection from all that makes us uniquely individual, that makes us truly human.
The prince of this world has always desired worship, a false worship leading to destruction. Jesus told us that the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy; the thief has always desired to pervert every beautiful expression of the true and living God. We have the magnificent opportunity to overcome this corruption by our trust in a good and gracious Father. When we draw near to Him, we become more like Him; as we become more like Him, we find that we also become more fully ourselves.
Jesus taught us to be more attentive to the lives of other people than to our own, because to do so is to behave like God. We become more powerfully and beautifully human as we cherish the image of God in one another; in doing so, we more fully uncover His unique design resident within us.
I am unique, and so are you. We don’t need to struggle and strive and fight to maintain and prove our importance. We are rare treasures, beloved by our Eternal Father. As we humble ourselves before Him, we find to our astonished surprise that He honors and delights in us and whispers to the deep reservoir within us His healing promises of hope and restoration and significance, comforting our fearful and troubled hearts, purifying the gaze of our spirits that we might apprehend our glorious future.
It has become a cliche’, but truly, you are the only you.
You don’t have to convince God the Father to pour all the resources of heaven into fashioning you fully into the person you were created to be. His dream of you has existed from eternity past. His indescribable composition, the symphony of praise and delight that only your life can reveal to the world, is a glory He is fully ready to pour Himself into. His mercy and authority are freely available to bring us all into full expression of His majesty.
Today, submit yourself to the dream of HIS heart. He is waiting.