DayBreaks for 7/24/18: The Original Truth
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From the DayBreaks archive, July 2008:
Our assumptions and preconceptions are powerful things. They can keep us from seeing truth that is right in front of our eyes because we try to interpret what we see in self-fulfilling ways so that it matches what we expect to see.
From the time we were born and became aware of good versus evil, we’ve known we possessed not just the ability to do bad things, but that we’ve actually done them. And somewhere, deep down inside, most of us know we still have even deeper capabilities for evil inside us than we’ve been guilty of committing. We view ourselves as sinners, and justifiably so. And we label ourselves “sinners” – at least if we’re Christians we do. We should. We are.
But we can easily get the wrong perspective on what we really were meant to be. When God created Adam and Eve, He pronounced them “very good”. How long did Adam and Eve wander through the garden with God, in direct personal relationship? How long did it take Adam to name the animals even before Eve arrived on the scene? I would imagine that took some period of time, wouldn’t you? How long was it after Adam’s creation that God made Eve? I don’t know…but this much is clear from a close reading of the creation account: there was some period of time that took place before the Fall. And that is very significant!
Why? It means that we were not created sinners. We were not created in the image of a sinner, or in the image of Satan, the father of lies. We were created in the image of God. That is the most significant truth about us – not that we are sinners. We were created in HIS image, His image of perfection, and for some glorious period of time in Eden, mankind was sinless and must have reveled in the glory of a sinless being created in the image of his Creator.
You see, what we now are is not what we were meant to be. We were created to be more, to be better, than we are. And some day we will once again be more than we are, when Jesus completes his work of making “all things new.” We will be restored to what we were meant to be – we will once more be sinless and freed from the effects of the fall, and the deepest truth about us will once again be the most visible truth about us: we are made in His image!
PRAYER: God, thank You for the glory You created us to be and experience. May we not become so discouraged by our sin that we believe the greatest truth about is us our sinfulness rather than that we bear Your image. We long to be all You meant for us to be. Thank You for the promise that all that was lost will be regained through Jesus! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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