God created mankind, male and female, in His own likeness by endowing them with distinctive human faculties – rational, moral, social, creative and spiritual. He also told them to have children, to fill the earth and to subdue it. These divine commands are the origin of human culture.
Today we have lost our way. All our work is accompanied by sweat and struggle and is disfigured by selfishness.
The affirmation that we are made in God’s image still stands, though the divine likeness has been distorted by sin. I believe that God also is still looking to us to exercise stewardship of the earth and its creatures and that we still have our gift of inventiveness making us resourceful and successful in doing so.
[For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.] “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them gets lost, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountain and go in search of the one that is lost? – Matthew 18:11-12
Politically, this seems to be the day of neglected countries and neglected tribes. Spiritually, this may be their day as well.
But Jesus said to him, “A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many guests… – Luke 14:16
This man invited many to the great supper he had prepared, but they declined.
We know that everyone must hear the message of God’s love, for they are included in both the Great Commission and in the prophetic vision of the vast throng of the redeemed recorded in Revelation 7:9 —
After these things I looked, and this is what I saw: a vast multitude which no one could count, [gathered] from every nation and from all the tribes and peoples and languages [of the earth], standing before the throne and before the Lamb (Christ), dressed in white robes, withpalm branches in their hands.