To know that we are formed in the creator’s image is the most valuable thing that anyone could ever tell us. The Bible talks about this, right at the beginning. We have not been created like any of his creations, He breathed His spirit into our nostrils so we carry a spirit and we think, we reason, we communicate differently. He did not use one model that fits all, instead, He has left a unique identity in our eyes, fingers, hair and a unique personality. If we could get this deeply imprinted in our way of thinking and in our behaviour, things would be different around us.
Genesis 5:1-2 … In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created.
The image of Christ is on me before my parents could even claim that I look like one of them.
I am not sure about you, but I have to quite often remind myself that I have been created in His image, I am unique, so as others around me.
There were few occasions when I was struggling in life dealing with people, the Lord took me back to this foundation of truth and has corrected me. There was a time when I was struggling with a person who would not respond in a certain way or step up to their position. I looked at them thinking they are not dealing with things the right way. I remember clearly that the Lord intervened and corrected me saying, why do you take your mould or your expectation and expect them to do things exactly as you would do? Your calling and gifting are different so you respond to a situation differently but the other person’s call is different so they respond to a situation differently. I learnt that day to value that person and to respect their God-given gifting and how the Lord has created them to fit into their call.
Sometimes, we are so quick to judge and we keep our expectations very high on a person to respond to a situation same as we would respond. Maybe they are in a process of transformation, give the honors to the Lord to complete the work that he has begun in their life. It could be our spouse or our family member or it could be our very close friend, the Lord is at work in their lives. Whenever I try to fix someone, the Lord would say to me;
“When you try to change someone, you will change them to your image, but if you leave them to me, I will change them to my image.”
I rather wait on the Lord than being a stumbling block. We are all in the process of being transformed into His image day after day.
2Cor 3:18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Look around, He has left His fingerprint in everyone’s life. It may be quite hard to believe with some, but we can pray for them.
Let us walk in the understanding of the love of the father, the calling He has placed our lives and rise up to the fullest potential to reflect His glory, being transformed into His image. Do not accept anything less about you, you reflect the image of Christ.