Want to give up a vice? Learn to receive God’s love.
A part of me is embarrassed at how excited I get when a movie I’ve been waiting for finally hits the big screen. But if box office revenues are any indicator, I’m not the only one. There’s something that stirs in us when we watch a bigger-than-life story unfold. For 90 minutes, we feel we’re a part of it, a part of something more, even that we are something more.
So much of what we struggle with sexually is about the same thing. Deep down, beneath the physical arousal or the romantic desire, what we want is for someone to make us feel like we are a part of something more, that we are something more.
And this tells us something about what we were created for.
God was not bored and looking for entertainment when He made the world–He wasn’t lonely, wasn’t unfulfilled, wasn’t looking for someone to worship Him. He had everything He needed and wanted for nothing.
So why did He make . . . well, us?
At the start of all things, God made the first human’s body from dust on the ground (Genesis 2:7). Like an artist working with clay, He worked purposefully. This was the creature He’d decided would be made “in His image” (Genesis 1:27), and He had something special in mind.
Then He did something absolutely unexpected:
He moved right up close to the man’s face . . .
. . . and Breathed.
So back to my question: Why did God make us?
He made us to love us. The word used for breath is also used in Hebrew for spirit. The uncreated God was giving Himself to created man. In essence, God was
saying, “I choose you. I give Myself to you.”
Man’s response to God’s love? In essence, “I don’t choose You.” You can see it for yourself in Genesis 3, or throughout the pages of Scripture, or out your front window, or in your own life. Think about the ways you’ve been saying “I don’t choose You” to God this Advent. Has it been sexual sin? Judgment? Anger? Fear? Pride? Eating too many Christmas cookies?
Thank God the story’s not finished. The same God who gave Himself to us at creation, gives Himself to us anew at the incarnation. God became flesh to rescue our flesh.
Whatever your struggles today, He doesn’t see a bad movie He wants to walk out on. He comes for you, powerfully, intimately, right where you need Him the most. This was true for a clay man at the beginning of time, it was true for a young Jewish girl, and it’s true for you.
Are you covered in dirt? Invite Him in to where you are. Breathe Him in. He can turn something like dirt into something like Him. In fact, He loves to.
Josh Glaser, Executive Director