If you know anything about Virtue Ministry by now, it’s that we aim to help people become all they were created to be. It’s a rewarding and purposeful goal for all of us to work towards – all we were created to be!
So to kickstart our year, I’d like to delve a little more into what that is – our purpose, the reason we are here. It’s the ultimate human question after all. And I recently discovered so much of that is answered in a little story I’ve heard many times before but am only now truly beginning to appreciate.
Genesis! The Book of Genesis gives us the Creation story. A story that is shockingly simple for such a complex world. Because it’s so simple, evolutionists have and do mistakenly use it to discredit the Bible. But they’re missing one big thing. Genesis wasn’t written to give a scientific explanation of the world. It was written to give a theological explanation of the world. It explains to us the beginning of our relationship with God.
God created the heavens and the waters, the moon and the stars, the birds and animals. This means He is above them all – He is the One to worship. Then He made man and He gave humankind dominion over all the animals. We are special creatures of God, He has created to take care of His kingdom on Earth and delight in its beauty.
Genesis says, God made us in His image and likeness… read that again.
His image and likeness.Genesis 1:27
How incredible. We aren’t made to BE God, but to be LIKE Him. And as His Creation, we are made to know, love and serve Him.
But we aren’t as like God as we used to be. Genesis also tells us this in the story of the Fall. It explains more than any other science textbook can tell us about the human condition, about why we don’t do the things we want to and where the source of our troubles come from. The Fall went against what we were made to be – it was the antithesis to our humanity and it disrupted our nature. At the Fall, we become disjointed, distanced and disconnected with our purpose.
But – as the rest of the Bible tells us – there is hope. It’s so confusing that though we are redeemed we still choose brokenness. That’s where the mystery of Christ being fully God and fully human comes in – as our brother, Christ redeems us. As His brothers and sisters, we now share the identity of God’s children.
That’s why we at Virtue Ministry want to help you realise, reconnect and become closer with your purpose. We all need to help each other recover our identity and fulfill the special task we are designed for. Just like the romance stories talk about the lovers who seemed to be made for eachother, we all want to feel that sense of belonging and security in who we are. And despite our falls, we can!
Journey with us this year as we unpack what virtue is and how we can live it. A virtuous life is a good life.
“He saw all He made and saw that it was GOOD.”Genesis 1:31
You were made to be good, for good.
If you’re feeling lost, like you don’t know what your next move in life is, that you want to grow as a person, you want to rekindle and invigorate your relationship with God or you just want some regular encouragement and inspiration – Virtue Ministry is for you!
Elise is a 4th Year Medical student from rural NSW who enjoys a variety of sports and being outdoors. She also loves food but when it comes to cooking – she claims to burn water.