A Man’s Identity
Pete Alwinson, Key Life Network
PRAY: Father, you are the designer and creator of life and all that is good! Guide me now as I read and reflect upon your written word to be more fully gripped by who I really am as you define me, explain me and identify me. Build me into the man who knows what it means to be a man, the man you intended for me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
READ: Genesis 1:26-31
Key Verse: Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all the animals, domestic and wild, large and small.” (Genesis 1:26)
As the introductory book of the Bible, Genesis thankfully answers life’s biggest questions with which all men wrestle: Who Am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? Does life have any meaning? We learn in these verses that God created people to be like and to resemble him, to be in his image. We are not God but are like God in some ways. Throughout the Bible, we see that God
thinks, feels and acts, the core elements of personhood. People also think, feel and act, and in this way we are like God. Adam was created with original righteousness and placed in Eden as a leader/worker and guard, and so in the totality of his person, he could relate to God. Who are we as men? We are special creations of a sovereign God; at our core we are His sons. Why are we here? To be in a relationship with God who is intensely relational, who is intent on being our Father. Where are we going? On a great adventure to know our Creator and to spread His glory and fame in the world as leaders, workers, providers, warriors and lovers. Does life have any meaning? For the man who walks with His God and enjoys Him, it absolutely does!
• What does it mean to resemble God?
• Do you define yourself as a son, leader, warrior and lover? What other identities define
and drive you?
• What three words would God use to describe you?
• Write them down, keep them in your bible and review them in one month.
Pray : Holy God, thank you that I can call you Father, Abba! Thank you that because of Jesus I am your son forever loved, forgiven and free from guilt and shame. Thank you that my high status with you will never change. Help me to be productive, fruitful and faithful in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.