by Frank Pollard

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Man In The Middle
As I said a couple of weeks ago, every Christian is a
citizen of two worlds. And those worlds are so different!
In our best moments we know that both worlds, then and now,
are to be committed to Him -- that Christian consistency
commands commitment of every part of our lives.
So there comes a time when a follower of Christ must ask:
"How do I feel about things? If I love Christ, how do I feel
about my car? If He is my Master, how do I treat my money?
I know I'm not supposed to love things and worship them.
Does this mean I have to hate things and spurn them?"
This is not a question with an easy, pat, glib answer. We
know we are made in God's image, thus we are spiritual. Also
we are aware of being made of earth, to live on earth, so we
are material. How do you reconcile dust and deity? [low can
we cope with being both material and spiritual? Each Christian
struggles with the question: "How in Heaven's name do I treat
earth's things?"
To find God's answer we go all the way back to the inaug-
uration of the universe. The first words of our Bibles tell
us of the purpose and plan of the Creator who brought earth
and its things into being, made man out of dust -- breathed
into him deity, thus placing him in the middle, linked both
to God and to things. He is man in the middle, made in the
image of God, made manager of God's things and it becomes
apparent that God intends man to thoroughly enjoy the whole
Man in the middle is made in the image of God. The
beginning paragraphs of scripture picture our benevolent God
happily engaged in the task of creating the universe. It is
interesting to note that the Genesis account tells us of
the development of life in the exact same order as biological
scientists of today would insist. First, vegetation, then
marine life, third came bird life, after this land animals,
and finally, human life. Only after God had prepared every-
thing nec ...

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