“…whom I have created for My glory.” Isaiah 43.7
I’m thinking I’d like to dwell on this idea a bit longer.
Here’s why: As image bearers of God we have a vital function, an enormous privilege really, that nothing else in the created order can pull off in the same way we humans can. I think it means that in some way we must “look” more like God or must “be” more like Him than anything else in creation.
Because the core of our being is spirit you and I have the innate potential both to experience and to demonstrate God-likeness. It is when we do this that we are most fulfilled personally and we fulfill our created purpose, without the fog of condemnation robbing us of joy. In this one simple action we bless God and are blessed by Him and His glory flows forth on earth. Although the circumstances may be complicated, life need not be more complicated than this: to choose the option that brings the greatest glory to God.
Why then is life often anything but simple? One of us, Adam, thinking he had hit upon a shortcut to glory, introduced Sin into the world. Since early creation, this adversary has worked tirelessly to mobilize humanity into disappointment and death. Our God-imaging ability was hijacked to serve Sin. Without understanding Sin’s adversarial bent against God and His glory, we will never understand the loss of human glory nor the perplexities of life on earth.
The Gospel is the good news that God sent Jesus, also one of us, to defeat Sin and to break its tyranny over humanity. (Romans 6.3-12) Now, in Christ, the power to and privilege of revealing God’s glory is restored to us. Through His resurrection life in us, we can be that God-glorying-creation and life can become simple again.
“For to me, to live is Christ…” Philippians 1.21