Friday, July 30, 2010

Becoming Truly Human

 {2 Corinthians 5:17; ESV} 
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Stop for a moment and consider why it is important for us to be made new.  After all, aren’t we already created in the image of God?

Men AND women (Genesis 1:27) tells us that God created us to be His image bearers in the world.  This means that we are to reflect God’s love, truth, and holiness as we watch over the world and interact with one another.  To truly be human means that we reflect God’s character in all that we say and do.

The problem is that sin makes it impossible for us to do that.  Sin, while it seem like that natural human thing to do, is the pathway of becoming less human.  The more we allow sin to control our lives the further away from God’s image travel.

Ultimately that Good News of Christ Jesus is that it is possible for us to change directions.  Rather than moving away from God we can once again start moving towards Him.

I want you to consider what Erwin McManus wrote in his book Uprising:
God desires to place within each of us a new heart, a heart that reflects him not only in action, but in desire.  The Scriptures speak of this transformation as a metamorphosis.  We are literally transformed into new creations; not a different kind of creature, but a different kind of humanity.

The divine transformation that God seeks to bring is nothing less and nothing more than making us truly human (emphasis added, pp. 68-69).

The hope that we have in Jesus Christ isn’t centered on “going to heaven,” but it is that we can become new people.  It is possible for you and I to be the people God created us to be.  There is hope for our lives.  We can live an authentic human life.

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