Fresh Hope – 24th July 2019

It’s no surprise that we dream big from a young age. It is wired into our DNA to be people who make a difference. We want to leave a mark on the world. We want to change the culture we are in. 

In Genesis 1:26-27 we read, Then God said, “Let Us make man in our image, according to our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created them’.

This tells us that we as mankind are: 

1. Made in the image of God (carry His traits). 

2. We have it in us to have authority and dominion over the culture we are in. No wonder we desire to change a world! Christian or not, it is inbuilt in the DNA of mankind, as people made in the image of God!

We not only want to CREATE culture because God did. As image bearers of Christ, we are also made to redeem culture! The desire to redeem is in our DNA. This also isn’t just evident in Christians, but in non-Christians too! We hunger to do good and make a difference. 

Why? Because Jesus came into the world and redeemed us (John 3:16). God first created, and then when it was broken he redeemed. 

You have it in your DNA to recognise brokenness in the culture you are in today and bring redemption. In your home, in your office, in your school, in your church. You are a culture creator and a culture redeemer! 

Isaiah 61 says, ‘The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound’.

Do not conform to a culture you have obviously been called to create. You have been purposely positioned among the broken. You don’t run from the culture you are in. You create it. You redeem it. This is your mandate! 

You are a cultural architect! As an image bearer of Christ, you build and establish the culture of Heaven!

Emma Burchell

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