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People Are More Valuable To God Than Anything Else On Earth
‘God said, “Let Us make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness” … God created mankind in His own
image, in the image and likeness of God He created male and female’ (Genesis 1:26 & 27). ‘God formed
man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living
soul’ (Genesis 2:7). He used His hands to make us (Psalm 119:73). ‘Behold, I have etched you on the palm
of each of My hands’ (Isaiah 49:16). ‘We know and believe the love God has for us. God is love. He who abides in love, abides in God and God abides in Him’ (1 John 4:16).
‘You did form my inward parts. You did knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You for the wonder of my birth! Wonderful are Your works and that my spirit knows well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was being formed in secret. I was intricately and wonderfully wrought in the depths. Your eyes saw my unformed substance, and in Your book all the days of my life were written before ever they took shape, when as yet there was none of them’ (Psalm 139:13 to 16). ‘You are He Who took me out of my mother’s womb. You made me hope and trust when I was nursed. I was cast upon You from my very birth.
From my mother’s womb You have been my God’ (Psalm 22:9 & 10).
Jesus said, “Do not be anxious for your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor for your body, what you will wear. Is life not more important than food and the body more than clothing? See the birds of the sky.
They do not sow neither do they reap nor gather into barns, but your heavenly Father feeds them. You are much more value than birds” (Matthew 6:25 & 26). “Two sparrows are sold for a coin. Not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will, but the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore do not be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29 to 31). "What man is there among you who has a sheep and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath day, would he not grab it and lift it out? Man is much more value than a sheep!" (Matthew 12:11 & 12).
We humans are valuable to God. Can we comprehend the enormity of His Master Plan for the lives of His most precious Creation? Earth is only a training ground for eternity and God has a place for every one of us.
Many of us do not comprehend this concept and as a result, some of us throw ourselves away. To comprehend how valuable mankind is to God, we need only to look at the description of the creation of man.
God is a triune Being: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Man is also a triune being: spirit, soul and body. We were formed and created in the absolute visual image of God. Head up top, arms, hands, legs, feet and torso all in the same place, just like our Father. We were created in His shape; in His form. We are not shapeless and neither is God. God stands like we do. He sits like we do. Jesus was the image of God and He was in the form of a Man, proving that we are in the same form or shape as God. The image of God is a visible image.
The likeness is in the character. We were also made in His likeness or emotional character. He loves, hates, breaths, laughs, feels anger and joy, just like we do. The likeness of God is internal. Jesus was also in the likeness of God, in that He did everything He saw the Father doing (John 5:19).
We were not made as simple beings, we were made a living soul, with feelings, emotions and choices.
Animals act largely on instinct but humans act through the soul. The breath of life breathed into us at creation, changed the lifeless shape of man made of dust, into a living soul. Never before or since has God done that act. It was the only time ever in the history of eternity, as recorded in the Bible, has God moulded dirt into shape then breathed life into that moulded piece of dirt. With that breath, the dirt came alive and became a breathing, flesh and blood masterpiece with all the mental, spiritual and physical faculties.
Humans are absolutely unique in that aspect. That was achieved by the single breath of God. It was not a tiny sigh, it was a deep full exhale such as we would do, if we were trying to breathe life into a near-drowning man. We would not give that person little puffs of air. We would take the deepest breath we could hold and blow life into that victim. That is the type of breath God breathed into Adam. Adam was a living soul, Jesus is a life giving Spirit (John 20:22; 1 Corinthians 15:45 to 49). The Spirit is life giving; the soul is life receiving.
When Jesus breathed on the apostles He gave them new life. ‘It is the Spirit of God that made me, and the breath of the Almighty that gives me life … Behold, I am toward God as you are; I am also made out of clay’ (Job 33:4 & 6). There were two processes to our creation: the moulding or shaping of the dust, and then the breath of life. Somewhere in that process the flesh, blood, bones, tissue, skin, organs and brain matter were created and put in place in a perfect setting within our bodies.
Many people cannot understand how they were created and what they were created for. Man is the supreme masterpiece of the Creator; His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10). No other creation was formed by hand out of dust then had life breathed into them, turning them into living, breathing, flesh and blood creatures who are intelligent enough to worship their Creator. No other creation was given a Saviour. Angels are also made in the image of God and in His form, but they are in spiritual form, not flesh and blood (Matthew 22:30).
Although they can appear to us looking like humans (Luke 1:11; Hebrews 13:2), they can disappear just as quickly (Luke 1:38). Animals and birds were also made out of the ground (Genesis 1:24; 2:19) but they never received the breath of life from God. Mankind was made to be a partner with God (Genesis 2:18 to 20).
Everything up to that point of creation was good, but that was the first time God saw something that was not good … it was not good for man to be alone so God made Eve out of Adam’s flesh and bone to complement him (Genesis 2:21 to 23). It was not until after Adam obeyed God and did his very first job – naming all the animals, then God blessed him with Eve. Until they sinned, Eve was equal to Adam, and only after they sinned, did Adam rule over Eve (Genesis 3:16).
The Lord visited Adam and Eve every day and called to Adam (Genesis 3:8 & 9). Imagine having God the Creator walking through our garden every evening! What a privilege! How like our God that is! God also calls out to us to fellowship with Him. He sent Jesus to save us and to restore fellowship with God Who yearns for us (James 4:5; 1 John 1:7). God put a Spirit into each of us from Himself and He jealously desires that Spirit.
It is amazing God would be bothered to be jealous. It is with a righteous jealousy that He desires our fellowship. He longs to be gracious to us and we are blessed if we wait for Him (Isaiah 30:18). That shows He really wants us.
Notice how Jesus took the time to stop and chat with Zaccaeus (Luke 19:1 to 10) and as a result, Zaccaeus was saved. When we are saved, we are a new creation in Jesus and all our old sins are washed away (2 Corinthians 5:17). Being a new creation does not mean we suddenly look 18 again. It means all the sins we have ever committed, all the hurts that we have suffered and all the old life is gone forever. We are Spiritually recreated. Our bodies remain the same age, but spiritually we are brand new. We are to strip off the old sinful nature and ‘clothe’ ourselves with our new selves (Colossians 3:1 to 17). The new creation restores the image of God that was marred by sin. In this newness of life, there is once again the likeness of God in the person of Jesus.
When we come to that place – that is the likeness of God – all difference in race, colour, denomination or culture, no longer divide us. This was a mystery that was hidden for ages and generations and was only revealed through Jesus (Colossians 1:26 & 27; Ephesians 3:3). The mystery is Jesus in us, the Hope of glory. Our salvation plan, which God thought through carefully, and which Jesus suffered and died for, was the mystery or secret, in accordance with His good pleasure and grace. He planned it for the maturity of the times and the end of the ages. It is in Jesus we need to put our confidence and hope (Ephesians 1:6 to 13).
Further to the salvation mystery, the Gentiles are now to be fellow heirs with the Jews – members of the same body and joint partakers in the same divine promise in Jesus through their acceptance of the full Gospel (Ephesians 3:6). The fellowship we Gentiles can have with the Jews is one that blesses us (Genesis 12:3). We can learn so much from the Jewish people because they have known the scriptures for a lot longer than the Gentiles have, and they know what God is saying. If we listen to a born-again Jewish man preaching, his knowledge of the Word is far deeper than the average western pastor, and his anointing is more powerful.
After reading how valuable we are to our Creator, how should we view our own image? We need to see ourselves as the Lord sees us. If we study these following scriptures, we should never feel unworthy, that is if we can comprehend our incredibly privileged place in eternity. The angels and ancient prophets longed to see the salvation mystery. ‘The prophets who prophesied of the grace of God which was intended for us, searched and inquired about this salvation. They sought to find out to whom or when this was to come … into these things the angels longed to look’ (1 Peter 1:12). Here is more about the secret or mystery the Lord kept hidden until Jesus came – and the privilege we have of being shown God’s secrets. These mysteries have been kept secret since the Lord created the earth – or since the foundation of the world. The Kingdom of God was prepared for us humans way back then. ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom that was prepared for you from the foundation of the world’ (Matthew 25:34). ‘God chose us in Jesus before the foundation of the world …’ (Ephesians 1:4). The secret plans that had been thought through before the earth was created, were revealed when Jesus came, and the fact Jesus died, was all for our sakes. ‘It is true He was chosen and fore-ordained before the foundation of the world, but He was brought out to public view in these last days for the sake of you’ (1 Peter 1:20). Our salvation was in God’s plan before we were created because in His foreknowledge, He knew Adam would bring sin into the world and we would need rescuing. The plan to save us was worked out before creation began and was kept a secret for thousands of years. ‘We confess, great and important is the hidden truth, the secret of Godliness: God was made visible in human flesh, vindicated in the Holy Spirit, was seen by angels, preached among nations, believed on in the world and taken up into glory’ (1 Timothy 3:16). The Lord did this for our salvation so we would have eternal life with Him. Jesus gave all He had to save us – He gave His blood for us. That is how valuable we are to God.
‘The Kingdom of God is like treasure buried in a field which a Man found and hid again, then in His joy He went and sold all He had to buy that field. The Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant in search of precious pearls, who on finding a single pearl of great price, went and sold all He had and bought it’ (Matthew 13:44 to 46). The men in this story sell all they have to buy what is the most precious item to them. The first man did not want the field, he wanted the buried treasure in the field. The second man was a merchant and knew the value of pearls. By telling these parables, Jesus was saying the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price were as precious as we are to Him. That is how valuable we are to God. By His grace and mercy God gave everything He had to redeem us. God gave us His only begotten Son. Jesus gave us everything He had; His lifeblood. All we have to do is accept His sacrifice and love Him with all our heart.
‘May the God of peace fully sanctify you (that is to make you pure and wholly consecrated to God). May your whole spirit, soul and body be blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus our Messiah. He is faithful and is calling you. He will sanctify you’ (1 Thessalonians 5:23 & 24). What exactly is involved having our bodies blameless? Most of us do not consider our bodies very often but we all have to live in a body. The Spirit of the Lord enters an unborn baby within the womb. ‘You know not the way of the wind nor how the Spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a pregnant woman, even so you know not the work of God Who does all’ (Ecclesiastes 11:5). We are all wonderfully made and that knowledge should go down deep into our soul.
Our bodies are intricately woven together. King David knew through a revelation the human body is a created miracle of God. He made us with love in His heart. Just like expectant parents prepare their lives and their home for their unborn baby to thrive in a safe environment after it is born, so too, before mankind was created, the Lord took the time to set a perfect stage for us to thrive. He first created the earth to be habitable (Isaiah 45:18). He created light, warmth, food, water, shelter and animals, and made sure everything was just right before He created Adam and Eve.
Here are a few simple facts about the body. Millions of light sensitive nerve cells in the back of each eye, relay the information to our brain through a bundle of nerve fibres that form the optic nerve. Our brain analyses this information and as a result, we can see. The whole process takes just a fraction of a second.