What it Means to be Made for More

by Rodney Thomas

1 Peter 2:9 –  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession. You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his amazing light. CEB.

Peter, as he wrote his letter to the early followers of Jesus, wanted them to understand that God had rescued them and brought them into a community for a cause, a deep, powerful, sacred purpose. So often it has become the trend for people who claim to be Christians to focus on the issue of personal salvationand individual spiritual development and yet the focus in the letter of Peter and in truth all the writings of the New Testament is different than this, more profound, less self oriented and more focused upon God and His plan than upon the individual.

God created human beings in the very beginning to bear His image into the world (Genesis 1:27), to be marked in a way that would be recognizable to all creation as a proclamation of God. He planted a beautiful garden paradise and gave mankind the role of tilling and keeping it. Mankind was given a grand and important role in creation, a role that was meant to propel and expand the image and will of God ever more fully into the universe as people multiplied and filled the earth.

However, human beings lost their way and forgot their role, and sought to focus on themselves, and their control and understanding of the universe. God did not give up on His plan, nor upon His creations, though they were selfish, arrogant, mistrustful and unwise. He pursued them, and relentlessly loved them continually calling them to their true destiny as His image bearing, keepers of creation. He called them to be a community that trusted God, sought to fulfill their destiny as image-bearers, people that dwelt in His presence, were a trusting, loving community and would join with Him in restoring creation.

So often we forget our destiny and our calling and settle for something far less in importance and in splendor. Perhaps we are afraid to trust the one we cannot see and the one who is wise, loving and powerful beyond our comprehension. He is not like us in so many ways. Yet, He pursues us, loves us, forgives us, and calls us home. He created us to be far more than we so often are. He called us to walk at His side, to share in fellowship with Him and with each other, to be people that can be trusted and trust, to be keepers of creation, and to be image bearers of Almighty God. In Jesus we have the perfect example of our calling to be all that God made us to be. We were made for more.

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