Who am I? - Creating an Evangelical Worldview
Last week, I started talking about an evangelical worldview, considering who God is. Today, I want to reflect on another important question: "Who am I?" this is a simple question, and yet, it is a question that has caused numerous debates and philosophical thoughts through the centuries. The answer will have a big impact on how we see the world.
The Bible declares clearly that we have been created an image of God (Genesis 1:26-27), male and female reflect God's image to the world. This is so important because we have qualities that reflect our Creator and points to the importance of our relationship with the Father.
We have been designed exactly as God desires us to be (Psalms 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24). It is God's design to have particular physical features and the abilities we have were designed and given to us by God Himself. We are not creatures who evolved from a cosmic swamp, nor are we accidents here by mere chance. The truth is that we are individuals created by the Almighty God with unique qualities that set us apart from the rest of His creation.
As God's creation, humankind is able to think about life and develop logical thoughts. This is one of the most interesting aspects of human beings, our self-awareness. Even though, we are fallen creatures and sinful by nature, there is still a universal sense of right and wrong within us, even found among lost tribes. Interestingly most of the present cultural battle is a moral conflict between good and evil. Another godly quality is that we create life out of love; sadly, this gift has not been used for God's glory. This points out the sinfulness of humanity and our inability to be free from sin. This is the reason why we need urgently the Saviour to request from ourselves.
Our value as human beings is based on the fact that God's people are loved and treasured by our Creator. God not only brought us into existence, but He also redeemed us from our sin, and we remain dependent on Him (I John 3:1). There is absolutely nothing that we can do to gain our salvation. We just recognise what the Lord has done with a repentant heart and willing faith.
This is why it is so important that we see ourselves as God sees us. This gives us the freedom to take our focus off ourselves and put it back on Him. There is no place for self-pity, just as there is no place for pride. We have the ability to reflect God to the world, and we must bring Him all the glory, praise and honour. We must learn to like what He likes and dislike what He dislikes. In all that we do, God must be at the centre. Only in Him will we find the satisfaction we long for (Eph. 2:4- 10; Phil. 3:8-9).
As we walk this journey, we discover that we were sinners, but now we have been reborn as saints. We have been made a new creation and citizens of God's Kingdom. We have been united with Christ and adopted as God's children. The old has gone, and a new day has begun. A new beginning has started in Christ, and the Holy Spirit helps us to live in the fullness of life, followers of Jesus and members of the Church of Christ.
Sincerely yours in the Lord,
Bishop Josep Rossello