Repeat after me… I am a divine creation – one of God‘s masterpieces.
and again, repeat after me… I am a divine creation – one of God’s masterpieces.
Do you feel like a masterpiece?
No?Well you should, because God created you. He didn’t mass produce us, He designed each one of us individually and plan every breath and every step of our life before we were even born. God loves us, and made us in His own image so of course we must be masterpieces!
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
So let’s repay God for creating us, by loving and serving Him all our days.
This is backed up by scripture in Romans 12:9-10 (The Message)
Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
To be considered to be Christ-like, we must, as the above quote from G.K.Chesterton suggests, love every, including the unloveable. Now I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that it can be very very difficult sometime to love the unloveable, and sometimes because of situations that occur, it can even be very very difficult to love those we care deeply about.
So to love is Christ-like, but loving everyone is tough, that’s why we can’t expect to do succeed on our own, that’s why God has promised to be with us in every situation.
I’d like you to listen to a beautiful piece of music with inspirational lyrics which completely reinforces what I’ve said in the last few days about us being the image of Christ. I really hope you enjoy it, but more importantly, are blessed by it. Here are the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing Christ In Me:
God made us in his image, so surely that means we must try to continue to be like God in all we do.
It can often be the little things that we do for others that can mean the biggest to someone else.
A phone call/email/text to ask how someone is feeling or to say you missed them today
An arm round someone’s shoulder to offer reassurance
A word of welcome to visitors
Offer of support to someone in time of difficulty
A phone call/email/text to say you missed them today
I’m sure you can think of many other “little things” we can do to offer support and encouragement to others.
Do you think when we do these “small things” can make a big difference to recipient? I do!
I have been both a giver and a recipient of some of the “small things” I’ve mentioned above. When I was the recipient I cannot find the words required to tell you just how much the supposedly small thing meant to me, as they often raised my spirits at a time when I felt everything was going wrong in my life. When I’ve been the giver, I also have been aware of just how much those small acts can mean, as I have seen the appreciation and sometimes also relief in the recipients eyes and/or voice, and that is a great feeling for the giver as well as the recipient!
Go on, make someone’s day today, even if it’s just a little thing it may well mean the world to the recipient.
It’s said that first impressions last. Sometimes it can be very difficult to overcome our first impressions of people simply because of the situation or circumstance in which we first met them.
Have you ever stopped and thought about what kind of first impression you give to others?
As Christians, God requires us to lead sin free lives. If we do this the first impression we give others would be one of joy, happiness, love and contentment.Does this sound like you?
First impressions can last forever, and are often way off the mark.Make sure you give others the right first impression of you!
Is there anyone in your life who you’ve “rejected” because of the first impression you had of them?If so, put that aside and give them a second chance today!
Image of God When my beauty fades away and all I see is gone Reflection in my mirror doesn’t please you anymore What will be left within me You promise me eternal bliss Never ending happiness If I’d only look and play the right part But, Now look what’s been left in me
Tell me why do I Why do I try try so hard to please you Can you promise me, In a few years You will even remember my name
And I am made in the image of God I am loved for who I am
Your flashy Magazines & & billboards always scream Your worth don’t lie within, Its how you look it’s how you dress It’s who you know But, That’s a deadly trap I’m breaking all your rules and getting off your path cause I have come to see that where it leads is only heartbreak and shame and who could be satisfied with that. Tell me why do I Why do I try try so hard to please you (Yeah) Can you promise me, In a few years You will even remember my name
And I am made in the image of God I am loved for who I am And though I may not please your eyes But always know, that It’s in me that God takes delight
What images came to your mind when you read the title of today’s blog “Reflections”? A mirror? Water? Glass? A reflection is something, such as light, radiant heat, sound, or an image, that is reflected. A reflection doesn’t need to be an image or picture, so consider this, does your life reflect Jesus? Are you a shining example of Jesus’ love?
We can present a Christ-like image to others but if we do not live our life as Christ expects, our heart will nor radiate God’s love no matter how hard we try to outwardly convince people of our Christ-like ways.
Proverbs 27:19 (NLT) As a face is reflected in water, so the heart reflects the real person.
As the above verse from Proverbs indicates, our heart will always give us away if we don’t truly life for Christ, just as the image of a face is a true reflection of that face.
How is your heart? Does it reflect God’s love?
God can help you live like Christ, so ask Him today to help you. Give your heart to Jesus today, He can then help change your heart…
Nehemiah 8:10 NIV Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”
I am a child of God, His treasured possession. He created me in His own image. He chose the day on which I was born. He has a plan and a purpose for my life.
I believe these words – Do you believe them about yourself?
Whether you believe these words or not, God did create you in His own image and He has planned out your life for you. So do something for God in return, listen to Him, tell others about Him and live your life in His service.
God will give you the strength to do all He asks of you, so don’t worry about anything.