Beauty in an Imperfect World - Erin Cyrier
This morning I started a study on 1 John. This has always been one of my favorite books because of how personal its message is. Every time I read it I feel as if God is sitting next to me reading me these words of guidance.
In the first chapter it goes on to describe the analogy of light and darkness and how they are the moral lifestyles of God and evil. In verse 1 it says,
“This is what we proclaim to you: what was from the beginning…”
From the beginning. In Genesis 1, God created the world and His relationship with mankind was perfect and unhindered. This perfect and holy relationship with God is what we were designed for. I want you to realize that all of the sadness and chaos, was not the original design. However, this has always been in God’s plan. This plan has always been perfect and divine even before the creation of the world. Therefore, it has always been in His will to send his son to die for our sins.
A world without the cross is a world I don't want to live in. God’s allowance of sin is not punishment, though unfortunately that's how many people see it. But rather, because God’s plan is perfect and was established before the creation of the world, Jesus’ act of dying on the cross now gives us the opportunity to know God and see how much greater and stronger He is than sin. You need light in order to see through the darkness, just like you need Jesus to see the beauty in an imperfect world.
John continues this analogy in verse 7 by saying,
“But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Not only do we form a connection with God through a life in light, but we also can walk alongside one another as brothers and sisters in Christ through this life as well. This once again is the design God has made before the beginning of the world. We are not meant to have struggling relationships and disagreements. We were made to be unified as one body, praising the One and only God Almighty. So I pray, that as we observe the sin happening in the world that we would remember this was not the original plan. We were not designed to walk in the darkness. So rather than looking up and asking God “Why is this happening?,” ask Him “How can I glorify you in this?” Remember his plan and remember his faithfulness with the act of sending his son Jesus.
McKinney High School