March 15, 2007
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life?
By far the greatest marvel of human life is the marvel of our eternal soul. Man was made as an eternal and spiritual being, which is what it means to be made in God’s image.
The Bible also calls this resemblance we have to God being made in His likeness. This doesn’t necessarily refer to our physical appearance, but to the fact that we have an immaterial part called the soul or spirit that allows us to understand and respond to God.
This incredible spiritual capacity to know God is one of the main distinctions between humans and animals. We may have a similar physical structure to some animals, and eat the same foods that some animals eat, but we are made distinctively different.
That means we are not descended from any animal. You and I were created by the hand of God! It’s true that we will die physically someday just as animals do. But even in death the profound differences between humans and the rest of creation continue, because we were made for eternal existence…for life with God forever.
GOD HAS GIVEN US LIFE SO THAT WE MIGHT SPEND IT WITH HIM FOR ETERNITY.