Daily Devotional: You were made, and live this day, in His image

Genesis 1:27 NKJV

~27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.~

You were created in the image of God. You were created to “look” like God. What good news that is! You weren’t created to be the imperfect, bumbling, fumbling sinner that you know as yourself.

You are the only creature that bears God’s image, the one with spiritual as well as physical features. You are the only creature with a conscience, with a fully developed personality and will, the only one designed to live forever. Even more significantly, you are the only creature God made to be in communion with Him. No other creature has a longing for God within, a vacuum that only God can fill.

Though you may feel like a poor imitation of God rather than a creature that fully bears His image, you are the only creature who can demonstrate godlike characteristics; God is just and calls you to be the same [Isaiah 30:18]; He is holy and wants you to be holy [Leviticus 11:44-45]; He is a righteous God [Psalm 111:3] and calls you to righteousness [Psalm 5:12].

christian_genesis1_27The business of living the Christian life and growing in maturity as a believer is all about becoming more like God, more like Him than you were last year, last week, yesterday. Paul described in Colossians 3:1-17 what this looks like, what your part in this process is. And the apostle John wrote about that one characterisitic of God that most fully describes Him and can be your highest goal in 1 John 4:16-17 NKJV: “16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.”

That is, you were made, and live this day, in His image.

borrowed from The Women’s Devotional Guide to the Bible by Jean E. Syswerda. To learn more about Mrs. Syswerda, follow this link: http://www.zondervan.com/Cultures/en-US/Authors/Author.htm?ContributorID=SyswerdaJ&QueryStringSite=Zondervan

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