The declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”1. The above declaration states an eternal fact in which most of us believe. And that is, that all men are created by a Creator whose name is God. God created all men in His image and likeness by Jesus Christ2. However, God did not create men exactly like himself in a physical sense.
God is Spirit
God is Spirit and hence immaterial, invisible and alive. He is self-existent, not limited by time and is present everywhere. He is not limited in knowledge but all powerful and can do all whatever He desires. He cannot change with regards to His character, power, plans, purpose, promises, love, mercy and justice. The Creator is holy, righteous and just whose nature is that of love, peace, joy, patience, gentleness, goodness, meekness, forgiveness, faithfulness, wisdom, sound mind, temperance and wholesomeness3.
The Holy Bible records that “The secret things belong unto the Lord our God; but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever that we may do all the works of this law”4
He chose us
God has chosen to give us enough information of what He wants us to know about His revealed nature and character. He wants us to know that He values us so much that He chose to create us to reflect His revealed nature and character of holiness, righteousness, love, peace, joy, patience, goodness, sound mind, wholesomeness, temperance, boldness, power and much more as mentioned above. He also created us to reflect His nature and character of wisdom, understanding, knowledge and all manner of workmanship, through which we can excel in our life ambitions and family life according to His perfect will. God created us to live with eternity in view. Amazingly, it is in the Creator that “we live, move and have our being”5
Created in His image
Knowing that you are created in the image and likeness of God to reflect His revealed nature and character provides a solid foundation for your worth. You are a person of unlimited value. Your worth is not determined by your feelings, physical attractiveness, parents, family background, messed up life, achievements, friends, society or your possession. Your worth is determined by the nature and character of God that underlines your heart, soul, mind and strength. Friend, Take a moment again to go through the revealed nature and character of God listed above. That is the nature and character you are created to reflect! If at any time you feel worthless, less valued, or less appreciated, remember whose nature and character you reflect, jump and sing for joy!
Interestingly, God has reserved the secret things unto Himself because of his infinite and immense nature and character. He has even set eternity in your heart, so that no man can find out the work that He has done from the beginning to the end.6
Consequences of choice
Though we are finite beings, but God created us with the potential to be sinless and eternal.7 He created us with a capacity to make choices. Our first parents, Adam and Eve, were created with the same capacity to make choices.8 Unfortunately, they chose to obey the lies of the devil. The consequences of their disobedience are still felt today by us, which include; depravity, guilt and death.9
Sadly enough, many young men and women still continue the same pattern of making wrong choices today. They choose to conform to the system of this world. Their mind and conscience become defiled, depraved, and haughty, blinded, led astray, futile and set on earthly things. They become corrupted through Christ-less philosophy and vain deceit of men and vain reasoning against the gospel of Christ.10 They lose the sense of what is good, acceptable and perfect will of God.
But here is good news. God is calling young men and women in our generation to present their “bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God” which translates to reasonable services, and to be “transformed by the renewing of their mind”11.
Wholesome Life Transformation has a lot of activities lined up to empower young men and women to experience a wholesome life change by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, who will engage in the renewing of the mind. In between these activities, The Renewing Your Mind blog is designed to provide you a place where you will come daily to read and meditate on the Word of God for a Christ-centered healthy lifestyle. It will also provide you a place to learn about scientific evidence-based healthy facts for a healthy lifestyle.
Finally, I implore all of you to invite your friends to visit Wholesome Life Transformation website; wholesomelt.org. Please also follow me on Facebook and Twitter.
Dr. Augustine Umoren
1. Foundation of Freedom, American Center for Law and Justice, page 39
2. Gen. 1:1, 26; Jn. 1:1-2; Eph. 2; 10; Col.1:16-18
3. Jn. 4; 24; Lk.24:39; Exod. 33:20; Mt.16:16; Gal.5:22-23; 2Tim. 1:7; Ps.113:4-6; 139:1-10; Exod.3:14; Gen.17:1; Mal.3:3; Lev.11:44; Ps.97:2
4. Deut. 29:29
5. Acts 17:28
7.1Pet.1:15-16; Ps.112; 6
8. Gen.2; 16-17
9. Gen.3:1-7, 16-17
10. Titus 1; 15; Rom.1; 28; Phil.3:19; Col.2; 8
11. Rom; 12; 1-2