Standing beside the grave and looking at the urn, reflected upon death. The body dies, but the soul continues to live. Has this separation of body and soul always been this way? The answer is no. Death was NOT God’s original design.
What was the purpose of our creation? What did God design us to do?
God’s word, the Bible, tells us that we were created in God’s image to reflect His glory. Let’s consider a prism. Each prism is unique. Each one reflects light differently. It is what makes us individuals.
Originally, we were designed to live forever in perfect bodies. We walked in sweet fellowship with our Creator. Our predecessors’ love and trust were complete in His presence. What changed that? Mankind’s failure to trust God. Our original parents, Adam and Eve, chose to believe that God was holding something back from them, so they chose to believe a lie rather than His truth—and it killed them. It killed us, too. We all believe the lie that God is hiding something from us, something fun and exciting. So, we go looking for whatever that something is, trying all kinds of things that aren’t good for us. Consequently, we can live our entire lives without consulting God for anything. This attitude of arrogance and rebellion is called sin because it leads us to live contrary to how God wants us to live. And here’s the hard part: sin destroys. Living without God leads to the destruction of our lives and ultimately our souls, and it breaks God’s heart!
If we are created to reflect God’s glory, how can we get back to that? We talked about living life without God, so let’s talk about how we can get that relationship back.
God is a perfect gentleman and he would never force on us a relationship with himself. He comes to each of us sometime in our lives and invites us to know him on a personal basis. In fact, he has done everything necessary for us to be reunited in a right relationship with him. That said, our choices of rebellion and refusal to trust him are like taking this prism and dipping it in mud. I mentioned that God had done everything necessary. Here is what he did: he came to earth as Jesus to pay the penalty for our rebellion. He did that on the cross for us. Now, anyone who turns to Jesus for forgiveness and guidance is like this prism (wash prism in water). Now we can reflect the light of God once again!
But it’s better than that. He now puts his light, his person, in us to shine from within us. We can now have a personal, ongoing relationship with the God of the universe through Jesus Christ.
I’ll leave you with these three things:
- God loves you and wants to be in your life—in you.
- Jesus Christ is the person through whom God works to connect with us. He offers us His peace.
- I will be praying that Jesus comes to you sometime over these next few days and asks you to allow Him to wash away your sin; make Him the Lord and light of your life so that you can reflect his glory.
The price has already been paid; the work has already been done. Trust Jesus. He is trustworthy.