Did you know that I think you’re awesome? It’s true. For everyone that calls SixEight home, I think you’re pretty awesome. I love how great our church is. I love all the great people that we get to do ministry with. We GET to do ministry with these awesome people. We don’t HAVE to, we GET to. How amazing that is, is something I can’t adequately express in words.
But it’s not just the people that come to SixEight Church that I think are awesome. I think whoever you are, reading this post, you are awesome too. Maybe you don’t feel awesome. Maybe you’ve done some stuff that makes you feel pretty unawesome. But, that doesn’t change the fact that I think you’re awesome.
Do you know why I think you’re awesome? It’s not because of what you have or haven’t done. Instead, it’s because of this one simple truth: you are made in God’s image.
In Genesis 1 we find this:
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
No matter how messed up you might be, you still bear the resemblance of your creator. You may not feel like it at the moment. In fact, the chances are pretty good that most of us, on a daily basis, feel like we bear no resemblance of the God who made us. We feel we’ve done too much bad to look like a God who is good. Or, we’ve let culture define what we should look like, and when we don’t live up to those expectations, we feel worthless.
Regardless of how you feel, you are made in God’s image. And that makes you awesome. None of us are perfect. And because we live in a fallen world (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-21), we all also carry in us destruction. We carry in us the nature to do a lot of bad stuff. Yes, the bad stuff is in our nature. We are not generally good by nature, we are fallen by nature. So, we all gravitate towards making wrong choices and creating chaos instead of order.
But, here’s the good news. Just as sin became our nature as a result of Adam & Eve eating the fruit from the tree they were told not to eat of, because of the work Jesus did on the cross, we have a chance as washing away that nature of wrath and trading it in for a nature of redemption.
Once we receive that new nature, we will spend the rest of our lives learning to shake off the fallen nature we were born with, so we shouldn’t be confused thinking that we are now perfect, but we should be thrilled to know this: Even though we have yet to be perfected, God sees us in the same way he sees his one and only Son: Righteous (2 Cor. 5:11-21).
So, today, I hope you can be encouraged. I hope you can feel awesome. Because you are awesome. Whether you’ve placed your faith in Jesus Christ or not, you’re still made in God’s image and that makes you awesome. And if you have put your faith in Jesus, not only are you made in God’s image, but God sees you covered in the righteousness of Christ.
And that’s pretty awesome!