We are the Imago Dei, people created in God’s image. Our entire life is supposed to be a reflection of this. Our behaviors, our speech, our relationships, and everything else should be a reflection of this.
Being a reflection of God to the world allows others to see Christ through us. They should see the difference in us and be drawn to Christ from it. They should be able to say “man, he/she makes me want to know this Jesus more”. They should be able to see God’s love, compassion, and nature through us. If we emulate Him the best we can, that would be the result.
I believe being the Imago Dei has to do with our hearts and mind also. The part of us that isn’t really seen. Are we loving? Are we forgiving? Are we prayerful? Are we in communication with God? Are we connected to God? We have to be aware of the condition of our hearts and our mind; allowing God to transform them more and more to be like His.
We aren’t supposed to blend in to the world, but stand out. There should be a noticeable difference. People should be able to see God in us. We have to live this out. Jesus is the only perfect example, but we ought to lead by example also. Then maybe, just maybe, there would be less hypocrisy in the church and more people would come to Christ.
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We can all use God’s help with this. I know I can! Thankfully, God is more than willing to help us.
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Where would we be if it weren’t for Him? If it weren’t for His grace and His mercy? Really. Where would you be?
I’m nearing the end of 1 Samuel, where the spirit of Samuel was telling Saul what was to come and that him and his sons would soon be with him. In the middle of me ranting to my sister about it, it hit me, that Jonathan, Saul’s son, was going to die. Jonathan, who was a man of God, who honored Him, especially in his friendship with David, was going to die for no fault of his own. Jonathan was going to die at the hand of the Philistines because of the disobedience of his father. How devastating is that, to be innocent yet cursed to die due to the actions of his parent. Continue reading
And then something happens that reminds us of how mortal we all are.
When an elderly person dies, we say things like “they lived a long life”, which gives us comfort. When a young person dies, there’s anguish because “they were so young and had their entire lives ahead of them”. There’s a sense of threat to our own lives, from being reminded that death does not come at a perfect time, nor age. We are forced to reflect on how short and precious life is (and life is short, at any age, considering that we were never meant to die in the first place (Genesis)).
Pastor Michael Todd hit on some things in this sermon that I never even considered. I’m probably going to have to watch this a second time. I had to share it with you all. Watch it when you can. Let’s talk about it.
Things that caught me:
- Sex is what bound Adam and Eve as husband and wife. Every time you have sex with some you are marrying them. Y’all I started to see some men in my head and wanted a whole divorce. I felt gross, until I remembered that I have been washed clean, made pure and holy by the Lord. Then, all I had was a “Thank you Jesus!”.
- There is a generational cycle that is linked to sexual immorality. Say what, Pastor?! But he made it all make sense and I was shook. That cycle ends with me. I’m not continuing it and my babies won’t get trapped in it.
- Sex is amazing. It’s beautiful. God wants us to have sex. He created it! But it is so powerful that He designed it to only be done between a husband and wife. (We knew this but I like hearing it).
Anywho, watch it okay!
We all go through hardships, struggles, and obstacles. In those situations, we always have the option to reach out to God and to others. However, there is one thing that can impede us from doing so. That thing is pride. Continue reading