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MAN IN THE MIDDLE
r, ~?Jo Every Christian is a citizen of two worlds. And those Horlds are so
V Paps different.' In our best moments we know that both worlds, now and then, are to
be committed to Him - that Christian consistency commands commitment of every
part of our lives.
So there come 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 spu-rn 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? How 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
To find God's answer we go all the way back to the inauguration 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 process.
I. 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 lifer Only after God had prepared everything necessary for human ...
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