The Dignity of Man

“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”             (Psalm 8:3-4).

The Bible frequently mentions the sinfulness of man. We are born into sin and need a remedy to be freed. But the Bible also assigns great dignity to man, elevating his status far above all creation:

“Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31).

Clearly God values mankind with a special consideration that goes beyond all other creation. It’s little wonder that God takes such steps to save man from eternal ruin. Let’s look at some reasons why God values man:

1. Man is created in God’s image.
Originally man was created in God’s likeness (Genesis 1:26). In some ways man resembles God, such as in making moral judgments and applying thought to actions. Of course, God’s vast qualities rise far above anything man could hope to attain. But man was created in God’s likeness.

2. Man lives eternally.
While some argue for the eternal existence of animals and other life forms, the Bible stresses man’s eternal nature. The hymn Mary’s Little Boy Child says “. . .man will live forevermore because of Christmas Day.” Of course, Scripture backs this up (Hebrews 9:27; John 3:36; 10:28-30). Every person born into this world will exist beyond this present life. God created man with an eternal soul, one that God values.

3. Man can serve and worship God.
Not only did God create man with the capacity to know God, He created him for that very purpose. In that man can know and serve God, he lives a dignified and privileged life.

As we ponder man’s dignity, let’s continue to pray for people to come to know this God who can give them life eternal with Him forever. When we look at the state of the world today, surely life means more than what we see with our eyes. Indeed it does.

Let’s withdraw often to pray that God would speak to hearts everywhere about knowing Him. We need to pray that no one gets left behind.

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