5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6 But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? 7 You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor 8 and put everything under their feet.” In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
This is quite a powerful statement – “You crowned them (humans) with glory and honour and put everything under their feet.”. This flies in the face of current popular thinking that we are a product of evolutionary chance, with no Creator to bestow on us power, purpose and meaning.
This passage tells us that we are created with Position and with Purpose.
Our Position is one of honour amongst God’s creation. We are crowned (like royalty) with glory and honour! Of course, we don’t always live up to our honourable potential, but it’s comforting and encouraging to remember that God views us like this. We are very special to Him, unlike any other part of His creation.
Our Purpose is that God has called us to rule over this world. Although we don’t yet see everything under human jurisdiction, we have been given a very special job to do as His chosen ones to partner with Him to look after this world.
I am very grateful for God’s gift of Position and Purpose in a world that is trying to take God completely out of the picture.
Father God, we desperately need to hold on to these truths. Help us, especially to teach this to our young people, because these are the only things that can give us true meaning in this world.
Written by Shelley Witt