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June 05, 2011

What Does it Mean to be Human?

I’ve just finished the book “REDEMPTION” by Mike Wilkerson that talks about how God redeems us from abuse, our past and ultimately our sin. In light of the present talks on the RH bill and the Divorce bill being passed, I am sensing that there is a great misunderstanding and a different worldview between those who hold to a biblical worldview and to those who hold a more humanistic worldview. Here is how Mike Wilkerson defines


1. To be human is to be created.

Genesis 1:1 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Therefore creation isn’t even the beginning of God’s story; all of creation begins somewhere in the midst of God’s story. It means we creatures do not add the Creator to our stories; He has created us and added us to his.

2. To be human is to live always before the face of God.

1 Chronicles 28:9 (New International Version)

9 “And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every desire and every thought. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever.

Every movement of your outward and inward life – every movement of your physical body – somehow moves in relationship to him. Theologians call this coram Deo, living all of life before the face of God.

3. To be human is to bear the image of God.

Genesis 1:26 26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

It means we are designed to represent God, to make Him known, to reflect his glory like a mirror, to look like Him. God has made every human being in such a way that simply being human could make his presence known.

The implication of this is that as a human being you have a great dignity, not because of your own goodness or financial standing in life but because God created you. Thus I see it alarming how we devalue women and children in media. How some sectors of society treat unborn babies as a non-living thing, when God imprints are all over them.

4. To be human is to worship.

We reflect God’s glory by our worship of Him, which means to hold him as the object of our deepest desires and as worthy of our imitation. It is what drives you at the core, and it flows from the essence of who you are.

5. To be human is to long for SHALOM.

It is funny how we often wish for world peace. It is a human longing to see peace. SHALOM means whole (nothing missing, nothing broken). No world treaty, riches, fame, power can give us SHALOM. Only Jesus brings true peace.

John 14:27 (New International Version)

27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Some excerpts taken from the Book REDEMPTION by Mike Wilkerson by Re:Lit publishing house.