It’s been a while. A long while. And during that long while, I have changed. I am no longer a college student at Cedarville University. …
The more that I experience life, the more I realize how much sin has corrupted Creation and man to its very core. Everything around us and within us is tainted with only slight resemblances to its original Created, perfect state. This rings true in sunsets as much as it does in man, paintings as much as in relationships, rain as much as people inside the Church. Everything we know, everything that we love, everything we experience is broken.
A few weeks ago, a speaker came to my home church and spoke on Young Earth Creationism and did a brief seminar on some scientific findings that have proven favorable to the theory. In the midst of his seminar, he was making a side note about how corrupt this world is and how mankind was made for heaven. He made the comment: “This is Satan’s world…this is not our home. We are just passing through, and while here, we’re supposed to make disciples.”
I’m not sure about you, but this statement troubles me. Not to go too heavy on sarcasm, but I don’t remember Satan hovering over the deep before forming the entirety of creation in Genesis 1. I also don’t remember Satan sending his son into the world to die in order to redeem it in the Gospels. No, and that’s because he didn’t. This is God’s creation that Satan is working hard to twist.
On Earth, we were created to be fruitful, multiply, subdue, work, and keep all of God’s creation as we thrived in His presence. This is home: living in the presence of God, bringing glory and praise to His name.
In all of the mess and garbage within this life, we can find safety in the presence of our Creator. We are home and He is at work, turning our messy lives into a masterpiece.
I am reminded all throughout Scripture of how God got down and dirty to take the mess and make it beautiful. It is in the mud of creation that God created man. It is in the midst of a genocide that God birthed “the Life” known as Jesus. It is the kiss of betrayal through which God brought redemption. It is through a murder that God brings LIFE. It is through trials that God brings growth.
At this point in my life, I know all of this is true, and see little glimpses of it each day…but man, is it hard. Sin hurts. The results of sin hurt more. But, there is grace. there is truth. there is life.
I leave you with the words of Paul:
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
[2 Corinthians 4:16-18]