We are living in a world that has lost something so important. It is obvious when you look around at the depravity taking place, we have lost something. We have lost something very important, something that is needed to keep us from driving over the edge. We have lost our identity.
Looking at the news recently and the hype around a certain person and the change they have made to themselves is very concerning. While media and advocates shout aloud about self identity and letting people be who they were meant to be... we overlook the fact, they have actually lost themselves.
What you see happening in the world around us is simply what happens when people reject the image they were created in... "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,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Genesis 1:26.
We are created in God's image. When we reject that image and look to other places to satisfy that lose, we are lost ourselves. Nothing, absolutely nothing can fill that void except for Christ. When we reject the image of Christ in our lives, what replaces it can be scary, fake, temporary, ingenues, etc., and the result is a want for something more because we are never satisfied. And further we fall into decay and a reprobate mind as we look to all the wrong sources for our wholeness and completion ("Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done..." Romans 1:28).
Only one thing can satisfy... His name is Jesus the Christ. "For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring." Acts 17:28
So without him how do we live? How do we have our being? We can't! We are meant to be His... "For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him." Colossian 1:16
If you reject the image you were created in... you lose your identity!
Paul is a Christ Follower. He has been married to his beautiful wife Rebecca for twenty-four years. They have two beautiful children, a dog, two cats and a turtle. They love being together as a family and doing the adventure that is ministry. They love the outdoors and enjoying God's creation.