And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.”
There is a goal to this life. There is a purpose to this being ‘Human’—far more wonderful and precious than we perhaps realize. We are not here to waste time; this is not some cruel joke but rather a great gift called life. To be human, to be created, to be chosen, to be made human by our creator God is such a gift—it’s hard to fathom. We don’t quite understand the gift we have been given because all we know is living inside our selves. We know nothing else except to be human. And like anything, if that is all you know, it is easy to lose sight of the gift and privilege of what and who you are. You and I are very similar; in fact we are so similar it’s scary. We have the same fears, insecurities, needs, desires, wants and ambitions. These may be packaged uniquely like different flowers with different colors and accents, but in the end they are all flowers. We pretend to be different, but our greatest needs are essentially the same. The reason this is the case is because, firstly, we all reflect the same wonderful Father. We are all made in the image of one true God. We are not made in the image of conflicting gods but rather one God who is love, fully perfect and alive—so alive because He was not created but has always been and always will be. It is out of the overflow of this wonderful God that we are made.
But also we are all the same because we come from the same human. We are all born with the same fallen nature—the propensity to not live in relationship with our creator, to hide from the one who truly loves us, for as humans we were deceived by an enemy, an enemy out to destroy the perfect image of God. This enemy could not destroy God himself so this enemy went after the creation closest to the Creator’s heart—the human, you and me. The first humans hid when they realized they did wrong and disobeyed God, but God did not hide from them. He sought them out, He longed to turn back the time when there was no separation, when His beloved creation were walking with Him in the cool of the garden, but they were lost—something was lost and the relationship would never seem to be recovered.
We have been hiding ever since. We have lost who we truly are and truly could be as humans. We were made for more; we were designed for more; we were created for more. We are were formed for more than the weak idols the city can offer us, cheap imitation gods offering momentary satisfaction. Our human hearts were hand shaped for more than a trickle of delight, a sense of fleeting joy, a short lived pleasure. Our human eyes were perfectly made vision machines, called to see more than what we can see here and now; they were not designed for lust or coveting, imitation glory or limited futures. Our human minds were intricately wired for more than negativity, more than a carousel of self-focused thinking, more than a fearful hesitation, more than a measure of freedom. Our human souls were weighed for more than cheap thrills, empty emotions, short-lived romance and cautious dreams. It’s not that our goal of being human is too high, but rather the vision of our humanity is far too low for what our loving creator made us for. We must return to the one who made us to ask and long and desire to know who we are—why are we here and what does it mean to be human?
Enter Jesus, fully God, fully Human. He is the exact imprint of what we need to discover—who God is and who we are. God in His wondrous wisdom and grace came to show us who He is—to reveal a love so amazing it’s too good to be true and takes faith to receive it—and to reveal not just who He is as God but who we are as humans, made in His image. Jesus revealed that He came to save that which was lost, you and me, humans. Not just parts of us but all of us. His parables and stories give us a heavenly telescope to peer into what He came to recover and redeem and reform and renew for as humans. As we dive into these 92 days of worship through His parables, we are believing we will become fully alive as Humans. We pray this would be no ordinary summer, that we would welcome other humans—just like you and me—who need finding, who need discovering, who need their image reprinted so we can together live out the full purpose for which we were created: to reflect the glorious image of our wondrous creator, Jesus Christ.
Let us become fully alive in Him.
HUMAN. 92 Days of Worship.
// Pastor Josh Kelsey