Genesis 2:7 (NIV)
“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
The first truth we discussed was how we were created by God, and from this fact alone, we each individually, hold a purpose. Having been created by God serves the proof that we were created intentionally, for a reason, for a purpose, as opposed to other sources of origin theories that claim we came into existence coincidentally over the passage of time. Our values do not come from the things around us, or are based on how much we have accomplished nor based on how people around us view us. We learned that this fact alone is more than enough to be our greatest and most important reason for why we are all each individually unique and valuable.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (NIV)
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
The second truth we discussed was how we are not of our own. We may want to decide for ourselves which university we hope to attend, where we plan to be in 10 years from now. However, we learned that, although planning is good, we should plan it in prayer and under the guidance and approval of God. Why? Because we are not ultimately our own. Not only did God create us with a purpose, but He also brought us back from our sinful state through Jesus Christ, His Son. Therefore, we should dedicate and devote to live our life as a tribute to God.
To wrap up the two points above, students did a small activity where on a sheet of paper, they were to title it “I AM” and below it, write down all points possible that describe who they are and their values as they perceived themselves to carry. After the sermon, we went back to our own list and crossed off anything that described our possessions, our traits, our hobbies, our interests, our characteristics, friends and academic success and ultimately only to be left with nothing but “I AM” again. We are not defined or valued by our name, our family, how our friends see us as, or how much we have accomplished, but by God alone who goes by “I AM”. In the same way, as children who are to reflect the image of God, we are to be just as who we are, created perfectly as is in the view of God. He is the reason we have value, purpose and identity. This alone is enough and is all that matters.
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