In Romans 1, the apostle Paul speaks of mankind’s tendency to idolatry in our fallen state. “For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen” (Rom. 1:25, NASB).
We are creatures–created beings. Our fundamental identity and purpose is found in worshiping and serving our Creator, blessed forever, God Almighty. This is where joy and meaning are found; and this is why sin is so deadening and unfulfilling, and why idolatry is so twisted.
The mystery of redemption is the great work of God to draw us back to Himself. He seeks lost creatures, fixes broken people, and enables us once again to worship and serve Him in grateful joy. To reject redemption, to run from God, is to shut oneself off from flourishing as a human being.
To embrace the gift of God is to discover life as it is meant to be, eternal life in the ever-living God, who is blessed forever. Amen.