Genesis 1:26-27, And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness ...
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
The sense of belonging is a basic aspect of human existence. Every person desires it and at time craves it. We were created for community. We thrive in it.
Why is that?
From the beginning, humanity was created to not only exist in, but thrive within community. After the creation of Adam in the Garden, God establishes the need for belonging. “It is not good that man be alone” is a statement that is shortly followed by the directive to multiple the species. Fast forward and we are introduced to the first family – which by the way, sets the standard for all dysfunctional families to follow. Fast forward again and these individual units come together and become communities that eventually become tribes and finally nations.
The desire, the need to belong is encoded in our DNA. Yet so many of us struggle to find that place where we feel that we fit in.
How did that happen?
"Part of the the serpent’s lie in the Garden was an attack on identity. In the confusion of identity, we struggle to find where we fit in because we don’t know who we are."
Part of the the serpent’s lie in the Garden was an attack on identity. In the confusion of identity, we struggle to find where we fit in because we don’t know who we are.
The serpent presented a simple question to humanity. The intention of the query is for man to question his identity and with that, his value and worth.
The venomous lie spewed in the Garden is simple – you are not enough, insufficient, lacking. This lie has slithered through history and humanity has struggled with the thought of not being enough. As a result, we strive to become something other than what God has created us to be. We ingest anything we feel will bring that sense of identity. We will take a bite out of whatever we believe will give us clarity.
Finding that “place” of belonging begins with discovering our authentic self (who God created us to be)– one’s true identity.
Over the next few months, we will look deeper into this but I’d like to leave you with one more thought.
The Psalmist reminds us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, the prophets tell us that humanity is the apple of God’s eye, the New Testament writers declare that we are his workmanship (the word in the Greek is poema – our word for poetry), we are God’s poetic expression.