Youth News - December 2010
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December 2010
by Matt Kay

Our Sr. High youth group is currently in a series about who we are and what it means to be created in the image of God.

Two of the things that we learn about God in that first chapter of the Bible are that He is creator, and that He is powerful; and as people who are created in the image of God, there is some ability to create in each of us, and there are spheres of influence that we are responsible for. Each one of us is leaving our mark in this world. The question is, what kind of mark are we making with our lives? Is it good, or is it something else?

In Genesis 3, we find that Adam and Eve, who at one time were a beautiful reflection of their Creator, are now in a state of being apart from God – hiding from Him shamefully in their fear. They ate the fruit that God commanded them not to eat. They turned from His goodness in exchange for something forbidden. They have sinned and introduced sin into the human race.

Our ability to create and have influence in this world is now corrupted from birth by the disease of sin. Sometimes we can catch beautiful glimpses of the image of God in others, but many other times, we catch a glimpse of the corruption of sin in human lives. We are at once something beautiful and horrifying, and if we are to become delivered from who we’ve become, we first need to come to grips with the fact that we are broken, sinful, and lost without Christ.

“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation,” Paul writes in Colossians 1.15. In a world where we’ve lost what it means to fully bear God’s image, God sends His only begotten Son to fully bear that image once more. Jesus the Christ, God in human flesh, the image of God sent into the world to restore us back to that image.

We enter into that restoration process when we turn from sin and put our trust in Him – who died on a cross to take our sin and the wrath of God that we deserve for our sins, who was buried, and who rose again in victory on the third day. When we live our lives trusting Christ, we find ourselves being restored back to the image of God by His power, so that our ability to create and our influence on others can be one that reflects God and points people to Him once more.

Have you turned to Jesus in your sinfulness and brokenness and trusted Him for His forgiveness and healing?

If so, how can you now use your ability to create and your influence in the lives of others for God’s glory? What kind of mark does the Lord want you to leave in this world?

How will you reflect the image of God in your life this month?

- Matt

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