Fresh Devo #27 - Sufficient

We were made in God's image. Do you ever think about that? His very image. The template God used for designing us was himself; to a very real extent mankind is the self-portrait of a grand artist, the product of a sculptor working with his own figure in mind for his master creation. The infinite implications. All that we are, could be, should be. 

So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
(Genesis 1:27)

When he placed us in the garden and told us to behave things went awry pretty quickly. We ate the fruit, played history's first blame-game, fell. The thing is, we had every opportunity not to fall. We were made in God's image, after; I mean, that's the good stuff, right? We were blameless. Unspoiled. But  God just had to go and give us free will! 

Sufficient to have stood,
though free to fall.
(Paradise Lost, Book 3, Line 99)

Nobody says it better than Milton. See, God gave us everything we needed to keep from sinning in Eden; we were sufficient to stand. At the same time, though, he gave us free will, and with it the freedom to choose wrong over right. The freedom to sin. He could have made us without the freedom to fall, but God's not into robots. What good is someone's love and obedience if they have no other choice? Similarly, God could have made us insufficient to stand, but then when we sinned he would have had nobody to blame but himself. God gave us the opportunity to stand or to fall. And we fell.

The good news? Jesus. God allowed his son to be lifted up so that we might be lifted back up as well. We're no longer sufficient to stand on our own, but in him we can stand.

Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people.
(Romans 5:18)

In his we're sufficient to stand, though we fell so long ago. So stand! We're made in God's image - grab hold of that! Claim it! And thank God that through his son, through his suffering, through the cross we are made able to stand up and be saved. Christ is sufficient. And that's enough.

Read Genesis 1-3
Read Romans 5

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