1 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. 2 You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you. 3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—4 what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? 5 Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. 6 You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority— 7 the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, 8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. 9 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Of all creation only mankind was created in God’s Image and only mankind received God’s breath of life. This reality reveals how special and valuable we are to God, because He took His time forming and shaping us. But there is a problem because even though God doesn’t make junk and we have been created in His image over the years that image has become warped and wounded. What God created as pure and clean has been polluted and silted over by sin. It’s like going to a hail sale where the store will sell you a vehicle that was once a beautiful showpiece but now no one is willing to pay full price for because it’s been beat up. A vehicle that has lost its value as a result of the bumps and bruises that have roughed it up. Sin doesn’t just ding us it damages us and leaves us feeling like second hand citizens instead of special. It’s like the story of the woman who was arrested for prostitution. As she was dragged into the police station, you could tell life had been hard on her. While she was dressed provocatively, her eyes revealed her weariness and despair. As she was sat in the chair next to the arresting officer’s desk she looked over and quietly said “I’m really not like this, this isn’t who I am.” In her heart of hearts, this prostitute knew that something about her wasn’t a harlot. Deep inside of her soul there was the feeling that something was damaged. Now she may not have felt real bad about herself when she compared herself to other prostitutes. In reality she is not that much different than the rest of us who may feel bad about ourselves, but find comfort in comparing ourselves to our neighbors, coworkers, relatives and friends. On a scale of 1 to 10 we may only be a 6 or a 7 but at least we are a few points higher than that other person. This prostitute might have been able to find comfort in comparing herself to other prostitutes, or the pimp that ran her life, and think well I’m better than some. But once she faced judgment, suddenly she realized how dingy and depressing her life had become. In her heart she knew something was wrong, that people didn’t just look at her, they looked down on her. All those looks of lust and less than over the years had taken their toll and slowly worn away at her worth. She sensed that something was wrong, that this was not who she really was. In her heart of hearts she may not have understood the theology, but she sensed the truth that she’d been made in the image of God. Yet her she was worn out and weary, feeling more used and abused than valued and beautiful. But it’s not just sexual sin that stains and strains us, no all sin scares, causing us to question our value and worth. Sin may promise to bless, but instead it will poison and possess, causing you to feel more broken than beautiful. So what can we do to deal with the damage, how do we make what is ruined right? If we have been made in God’s image and we have damaged that image how do we make it right? This is where we discover the grace of God and the power behind His plan. In 2 Corinthians 4:4 we’re told about “… the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Who is the image of God, Jesus. Also in Colossians1:15 we’re told that “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation.” You and I were made in the image of God but we’ve messed it up. Jesus is the image of the invisible God, so if we could just find a way to wrap ourselves up in the image of Jesus, and put on Christ like a coat then maybe we could be ok. This is what the Bible says God wants to do for us. This is the plan and promise of God found in In Galatians 3:27, “and all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.” When we become Christians we are clothed with Christ. Baptism is a picture of God’s promise, it points to us being buried with Christ and raised to live in righteousness as a new creation of Christ. As Colossians 2:12 states, “For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.” We sank down into the water a warped image of God and we surfaced a saint, wrapped in our Savior Jesus Christ, the perfect image of God. When God looks at us He doesn’t see our sin He sees His son. But being saved is so much more that some kind of spiritual cosmetic surgery. When we put on Christ we got so much more than just a face lift, because Christ didn’t just clothed the surface he changed us from the inside out. Acts 2:38 reminds us that to become a Christian we need to “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” At the moment of salvation God’s Spirit comes to live inside of us, not just to reside but to remake and remold us in God’s image so that we begin to look more and more like Him. Understanding who we really are starts with knowing whose we are. So if you are saved I want to ask you a challenging question are you defining yourself but God’s forgiveness or by your failure. Are you basing your worth on your work or His?