Contrary to popular presentation, people sell products, products do not ever sell people. In every vein of advertising, people are the ones who rate what they like and elevate its level of market demand. Material objecta lack the inherent dignity and enduring presence to have any real worth apart from the value human consumers put on them. Certainly we cannot treat them as though they have the stature suitable for providing a significant rating of people.
What do I mean by this? I am talking about this assumption we have that people can be quoted by the value of objects that they own or wear or display a taste for. In the end, no matter how great the value of these things we would attach to a person as an identification of their worth they question the strength of human dignity. If we should be no more than what we display of temporal treasures, then why should any of this really matter?
After all, people are not generic in their qualities, or valuable based on their comparison to other equally serviceable people.
People are not here just to serve a single, situationally exclusive purpose or a specifically need-identified demograffic.
Only man-made objects that lack personality or eternal indispensibility are meant to fall into these categories. Mankind is meant to be so much more than this — each of these examples I have just given can even begin to describe the purpose of any one of us.
Our design reflects so much more — more intelligence and care and love for what is created — than any other thing we could find in the universe. If a single star burnt out, it would leave no hole in the heart as if the life of one man or woman, boy or girl’s life were suddenly blown out of their heart and lungs.
The collapse of one irreplacable specimen is an example of a life failing. Before we discuss why life should fail in us, let us not forget the fact that this would bring no small gref to our Creator God. It is not just that one of His creatures is no longer alive — as would be the case with a member of the animal kingdom — but that a unique reflection of Himself is gone from the face of the earth. His own life goes into us at birth, and even before that, His own partial personality marks us from the moment of conception. When we die, an aspect of God’s beautiful handiwork is removed from this earthly landscape.
But truly all that I have said would be as the equivalent of saying nothing if I did not make certain to proclaim this: We are God’s main object of consideration in His created universe because He made us to have a relationship with Him. If we pass through death without ever acknowledging our need for this offered relation, than we are lost.
Now to discuss death as I promised. We who were designed to know only life know death because we have forsaken the first for the freedom to experience the latter. If you’re like me, this no doubt sounds hard to believe — being the stupidest thing you have ever heard. Yet, it is true because death is the consequence of a choice made in favor of sin, a rebellion against God.
God specially formulated our global habitat as a place in which we could enjoy the blessings that were the increase of fellowship with Him in paradise. But if you ever wonder wonder what happened to this paradise, let me explain the Curse.
With all that our First Parents possessed and enjoyed to the full, when the opportunity for becoming like God, they jumped at it. Little regarding the cost of disobeying the command that God had given them, Adam and Eve together took and consumed the fruit of rebellion.
Immediately the eyes of their hearts were open to the new reality of their sin and they struggled with the knowledge — once covetted — of evil that now resided within them. They ran and hid from God the One good and communal being present in their universe. A humanly irreversible break had been made between God and man according to the will of man. Death was welcomed in to nestle in the breasts of every existing and forthcoming seed of man. No more would life flow through this race as the godly inheritance necessary to abundance and peace.
But, back to God. He who risked losing us to our freedom of choice, now immediately set His plan of redemption into play. He would pursuit His spiritually naked and now hopelessly needy creatures. He would bring glory to Himself in finally taking hold of them and clothing them with His own love and righteousness.
He accomplished this when the thread of human history was woven into the divine climax on earth. Jesus, the Son of God ascended a cross and was cursed in His death for us. He forsook blessings only beneficial to Himself that blessings for all mankind might come out of one man (and this the God-Man) being cursed and ultimately punished for many.
God could have looked away when He saw you on your road to a just penalty that ends in hell, but He choose to not only look after you, but put Himself in your place that He might turn your eyes back to Him. He wants to reinstate paradise, but we need to agree to let Him do it; to acknowledge that we really are as important to Him as He says — even if the value He places upon us is love and not a reward in regard to the exhibition we have made of ourselves.