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Made in His Image

Made in His image

Made in His image

Rightly so, as children of God we desire to look like our heavenly Father. All too often I understand the frustration when we fall short.

 

As one of three children, I remember how jealous I became when a family friend visited and said my sister resembled my Mum more than I did. She was clearly mistaken. The competition was never-ending between my Sister and I, to resemble our parents.
“You have your Dad’s eyes”, they would say. “You are a carbon-copy of your Mum!”
They were so passionate and sure of their observations. They enjoyed making the comparison and I enjoyed being reminded of my roots, where I came from.

Identity is a complex thing.

Whilst reading daily devotionals about what it means to be Set Apart – to be Holy, I recognised my strong desire to be like my heavenly Father and God’s even stronger desire, expressed in His word, for us to be like Him.

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy

1 Peter 1:16

As the devotional revealed to me:

The more time I spend with my Father, the more I seek Him – to learn Christ, to know Christ – the more I will look like Christ. The fruit of the Spirit of God can be borne in my behaviour, my character, my lifestyle and the condition of my heart.  My journey in Christ isn’t hopeless.

 

It amuses us when we see the resemblance developing between a married couple. They may have the same mannerisms or finish each other’s sentences. The similarities that become apparent between two good friends – two peas in a pod – so that one might be mistaken for the other. Likewise, a growing relationship with God is the avenue to looking more like Him.

 

Being Set Apart may not be easy, and yes it is a daily exercise and a continued goal, passing days, passing months, years and decades.

But how delightful it is to look like my Father,
A display of His splendor,
To be refined by His manifested love for me,
Created in His image, formed in His likeness.

 

The more we spend time with God, the more we are conformed to the image of Christ, the more we can be Holy and Set Apart like Christ.

For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Romans 8:29

My prayer is that Lord, Your love for us will not allow us to weary of seeking You and spending time with You. Teach us to delight in You Lord, so that we will look more and more like our Lord and personal Saviour Christ Jesus. So that we will be conformed to the image of Christ, just like You intended in Jesus name amen.

 

Peace & Love

Indispensable child of God

He made me one of a kind - indispensable...

He made me one of a kind – indispensable…

2 Timothy 1:9

[God] Who has saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before the world began

I imagine that Louis Vuitton could have survived, if his handbags and belts were taken away from him. Even if his LV trademark was taken from him, I presume it wouldn’t have been the end of his world. But imagine taking away his children. In fact Louis Vuitton is said to have only had one child and once again, I can only imagine that it would have been like taking away a part of himself. If his son were taken away, it would feel like there was something missing.

Well, this post isn’t about handbags or fashion designers – but  in the same way, God, the greatest designer who designed the entire universe, called us, adopted us into an inheritance, not as His creations, but as His children.We are each unique in God’s eyes and called for a unique purpose. He made us precious in His sight, He gave us presence and importance before Himself, He made us indispensable and highly-valued. to see how click here.

So today, each of our lives matter to Him

He has made it so that we all matter greatly to Him, as individuals, as families, as churches – ask why?Because He loves us.

Yes I know, it doesn’t really make much sense – but then that is the Father’s redeeming love… ❤ 

 

So live out today and every other day as an indispensable child of God

peace & love