As I was reading Julie’s devotional, one of the reflection questions got my attention. She asked, “What did it mean to me knowing that I was made in the image of my Father?”.
I thought about it for a couple of days, and at first it made me feel special, honored, and proud. But as I started to read Genesis 1, I thought about how God created the heavens and the earth, the animals and the plants, and I noticed all the instructions God gave to men when He created them. God said in Genesis 1:26:
“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
When you read about the creation, God gave men the instructions so all in earth could live in harmony. To all creatures He said: “Be fruitful, and multiply.” But to men He said: “Be fruitful and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over every living thing that moves on earth.” Being made in His image is more serious than what I thought. It is not only about enjoying our salvation, His love, and His blessing (which is definitely ok), but it is about taking care of business. Look what Romans 8:19 teaches us:
“For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.”
The word image means: A representation of a person. So that means we represent our Father here on earth.
We don’t represent God because we go to church every Sunday, it is something we HAVE to do as Christians. We represent God in many ways: our life, our habits, our finances, our conduct, our reaction to certain moments, our relationships, etc.
Being the daughter of the One True King, it’s work…hardcore work! I share with you a couple of things that I need to do according to Genesis 1:
- Always seek a way to be useful and produce. God is always doing something useful. He doesn’t stop working.
- Help others to follow God. God takes advantage of every opportunity to reveal His love to us.
- Fill my life with what is worthy and holy because His thoughts for me are worthy and holy.
- Dominate my flesh, and I need to do it passionately because it will want to separate me from God. Sin separates us from God.
- Take possession of what is mine because my adversary (the devil) prows like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.
God wants us to realize who we are in Jesus Christ. He gave His Son so we could stand firm in His Word and be fooled no more. I thank Julie for the amazing devotional of this month, and I invite to do two things: Go get this month’s devotional. Second read Genesis 1, and ask God how can you represent Him as a daughter of the One True King.
Until next time,