FCA welcomed pastor Matt Rogers from the Church at Cherrydale this past week. Matt began by asking two simple questions, “Am I valuable?” and “Do I matter?” He asked if we could answer each question positively or negatively because these questions determine if we are satisfied with our life and can determine our actions in our life.
Matt opened with Genesis 1:26-27 which states:
“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. So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
In this passage, God boldly states that he made us in his image. He repeats this twice to represent that we are significant to him and we matter because we are a part of him. We are mirrors reflecting the image of God, and it is what we reflect that the rest of the world sees. Since we are mirrors of God, we must be careful with what we reflect because we may show the world a false image of who God is.
Matt also dove into Genesis 2:4-7 which voices how God created us.
“This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
Through these verses, God literally takes dust and makes mankind. We are taken from dust and created and then to dust we are returned. In the last verse, God demonstrates again how he intentionally created us and how he wanted us to be a part of his life, even though he didn’t need us. This is further supported in Genesis 1:28-31, where God tells Adam and Eve to tend to the land and multiply his creation. God doesn’t need Adam and Eve’s help with this, yet he includes them because they have a purpose in life and are meaningful to him. Adam and Eve are there intentionally and doing something that God wants them to do so that they can thrive in worship and obedience.
After looking at these passages, Matt asked us again how we would answer the initial questions of “Am I valuable?” and “Do I matter?” After looking at these verses, we know that God created us intentionally for his creation and that we do have a purpose in helping God’s mission. Based on what Genesis states, everyone is valuable because you have been tenderly created by God regardless of what you have done with your life thus far. Regardless of race, age, sex, economic status, or hierarchy, we are all created equally in the image of God. With that being said, as christians, when we answer these questions, our answer should also be yes. You do matter because everytime you show compassion or kindness you are reflecting the image you were created in. You are valuable because you are made in Christ and are filled with the Holy spirit. There is no yes but answers to these questions when you are filled with God because all of the simplest questions of life point back to Jesus and all that he has done.
With that being said, you were made intentionally by God for God and you matter to him, but also to everyone around you. You have a purpose in this world and that is to reflect the image of God to the rest of the world.