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God’s Design for Living Life to the Fullest

By Andy Braner | Excerpt from Alone | October 16 2012

It's no secret God designed us to be more than just robots on this planet.

He gave us a sense of love, honor and respect.

He created majestic mountain ranges for us to marvel.

He stopped the seas at just the right spot where we can look out and wonder.

He fashioned the small and the large so we might discover His handiwork.

In fact, the Bible says, "The heavens declare the Glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork" (Psalms 19:1).

So, it's right to presume He meant for us to live for more.

As God was in the business of creating the mighty oceans and the majestic mountains, we see in the creation story a special mark for the creation of mankind.

The Bible records in Genesis 1:26, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."

It was a lone creation moment when everything stopped to focus on man.

Can you imagine what the heavenly beings must have thought when God breathed life into humanity?

Mortal.

Designed to live in the affects of glory, yet destined to live in a world of sin.

God's most clever creative relationship would be at the first breath Adam took.

God made this relationship special.

He walked with mankind.

He talked with mankind.

He gave over the management of all creation to this new being.

What must it have been like to be an angel?

One day you're best friends are immortal beings who can fly with wings, fight with supernatural force and live forever. Then suddenly mortal man appears on the scene. Created in God's image?

When we get to v. 26, I wonder, "If I'm made in God's image, does that mean I look like God?"

I suppose because there are so many humans on the planet who look nothing alike, the image of God must span more than the stubbly beard I can grow when it gets cold. Surely the image of God is bigger than the color of hair or the hue of our eyes.

So it must mean God created me with intrinsic characteristics He models from the beginning:

Love.

Compassion.

Creativity.

Hope.

The ability to make things.

A sense of right and wrong.

A need for communion.

The angels must have been like kids in a candy store. "What has God created today?" They saw Adam walking through the garden…all alone.

Wait…Adam wasn't alone in the garden.

God made the animals to walk with him early in creation, but He hadn't named them yet. He called Adam to the table, and asked him to begin the process of naming the animals one by one. Can you imagine what it was like on that day?

I've often wanted to see a creative movie team make Adam Names the Animals movie. I see it like this…

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