When we lose sight of who we are, we lose sight of God! Human Life, the creation that God took His time to work on, planning sculpting and pouring all His love care and attention into is in a critical state. Blessing us with the highest honour in all of creation – to be made in His image and likeness, clothing us with innocence and glory seems to mean nothing to many. This all important fact should be seared into our very core, reinforcing our identity and a sense of belonging, but the opposite seems to be true.
Much of mankind has lost sight of who they are, dismissive of the sacred breath that God breathed into us to give us life. This fight for black lives to be honoured the same as every other race, may have started with George Floyd in 2020, but throughout time we have seen all too often, a total disregard for Human Life. A complete failure to appreciate and value God’s most precious creation – humans! For one human to snatch the very breath that God Himself breathed into us, out of another human, is not just an attack on that life, but it is an attack on God who created it.
Let us for a moment transcend the race war, and take a look at the root of the problem – the evil innate in taking the life of a human being! Killing blacks, Jews, heinous acts of genocide, the killing of people for their faith, and so much more. This depth of evil reaches much further than race; it is a message of hatred that mankind is sending to God. A rejection of God, His work and His love. It says ‘we do not hold any value for human life – your greatest creation.’ Any Father who finds a bride for His Son and welcomes that bride into His home, truly has love and respect for the soon to be new addition to the family. That is us as the bride of Christ welcomed into God’s family.
Humans were not created or treated the same as the other animals [Genesis 1-2]. There was a planning process involved in our creation and God gives us an insight into this in Genesis ch1 v26. God says, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” This was a private conversation between the three Persons of the Godhead and we have been made privy to it. While all other life forms were called into being, with the command from the voice of God, mankind was sculpted from the raw material of the earth. So God created us, to be just like Him, physically and spiritually. This had never been done before! He blessed us and gave us purpose.
We are extremely special to God but we don’t seem to know or care. When we turn on each other and snatch the life from another human being; depriving them of the gift of life given to them by God… we have not only lost our identity, but we have lost our humanity. And to be human is to be like God! We were created to be like God and although we made a wrong turn in the Garden of Eden, Jesus came down into our midst and put us back on track. So why are we still loosing sight of who we are? Well, the answer to that is simple. The world has lost sight of God!
Every breath we take should remind us of our Father who breathed it into us. And every person who willingly snatches that breath from another human being should know that this is an evil act against God as well as the person and there will be a reckoning. But this is not for us, for only God can truly avenge the unjust! And the wounds must heal for quality of life to continue, and it is this healing that we must seek. For life cannot be built on pain and suffering.
To give ourselves a chance at life we need to have God squarely in our sights again and know who we are… in Him. Without God we are amnesiacs in crisis. The loss of identity will continue to see mankind devolve into utter chaos, with each new problem being compounded onto the next, by our inability to resolve them for ourselves. This is all too clear with the current global state of affairs! The pandemic, bringing with it sickness and death, compounded by violence and chaos, threats to democracy and natural disasters.
Life is a great blessing from God, and deserving of our love, praise and appreciation.
Acts 17: 24-26