A long time ago, before you were a gleam in your daddy’s eye…you had respect. You had value. You were important. I know this is true because I own a (many) Bible(s) and they show me things.
Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “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.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
God, after creating Earth and everything that lives on it, wasn’t satisfied. All three persons of the Godhead- Father, Son, and Spirit- then convened and said, “Let Us make man in Our image.” They did this and gave us two things; dominion over every living thing that moves on the Earth, and communion with the God who created it. Original respect.
Fast forward thousands of years. Mankind screws up the Garden of Eden and a bunch of other things. Because of our sin, we are all spiritually separated from our God. Even the Jewish nation set aside by God, try as they might, can’t fully keep the Mosaic law. Eventually, our original respect from God, His belief and value for each and every person, fades from our collective memory. Until…Jesus Christ comes to Earth.
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Jesus Christ has reconciled us back to God through His death and resurrection. We who believe in Christ and what He did are now reconnected spiritually to God through the Holy Spirit. And…there is no sin that would be able to break that reconciliation.
Why did God do this? Love
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God loved you so much that He had a foolproof plan to spend eternity with you. The only one who can renege on this plan is God- and if He did that, He wouldn’t be God.
That’s respect. That’s value. God values and respects every human life. Any Christian who doesn’t believe and practice basic dignity and respect for every human being is a liar- and the truth is not in them.
If you are not a born-again Christian, if you want to be reconnected spiritually to the God who created and respects you, salvation is as easy as “A.B.C.”
A- Admit that you are a sinner in need of God
B- Believe that Jesus Christ died and rose again for your sins.
C- Choose that Jesus Christ be Lord and Savior of your life.
Here is a simple prayer you can pray. Dear God, I admit I am a sinner and I need You. Please forgive me of my sins. I believe Jesus died for my sins and rose from the dead to reconnect me with the Holy Spirit. I confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of my life. Thank You for saving me and giving me abundant life here on earth and eternal life with You in heaven. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
Grace & Peace,