Our story begins as a creative work of God…and unfolds in the same way. Just like the first humans, we are made in the image of God. Pause and think on that just for a moment: YOU are created in the image of God. Every morning as you awake, let that truth settle into your heart and mind before you bound into the day. Everyone you encounter has an opportunity to glimpse God in you! Are you ready for that privilege…for that responsibility?! Only in Christ can we ever embrace our divine purpose.
The image of God in man was marred in Paradise…and each one of us, every day, mars it more. We are frail, fallible folks–clay jars indeed. We make muddy messes; we have cracks and jagged edges. God knew all that and took care of our lacks before He ever uttered the first word of creation! (1 Peter 1:20) So, as you prepare to go into your day as an expression of God, remember to celebrate the love that saw every sin that would mess up His plans–and made a Way in spite of the sin! That is the God we are called to be the image of!
Finally, before you enter into your day, remember the ‘Work’ is complete. God does not ask us to do what we can never do. Our ‘ability’ rests on this: believing in the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus stated our daily work very clearly:
Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” (John 6:29)
It is His work that restores us to our intended divine purpose: being an expression of God. God began that work–and His Spirit continues it. Knowing God is key to knowing the image we are made in. Studying His Names is one great way to know Him more. The Prayer Today website has many resources for studying His Names; here is one. Glory Glimpses on this blog offer you some devotions on the same topic; click here to consider God as the Morning Star. Simply know that God loves you and wants you to know Him personally and share Him with the world around us gives great cause for rejoicing!
Are you hungry for more on the subject of ‘your job?’ Numerous scriptures encourage us to know we can be fully equipped for the good work God plans for us to do: 2 Corinthians 9:8; Ephesians 1:3; Philippians 1:6 and 2 Timothy 3:16-17 are some good starting points.
So: spend some time knowing this great God you are created in the image of…and let someone see Him in you!