5 minute read
“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:8-10 NLT)
It is not by beating ourselves to nothing that we glorify God, but being made into what God created us to be--that we shine and reflect who God is, giving witness to His greatness and goodness as redeemed image bearers of God. This image may be distorted by the disease of sin, but our worth is still found in the reality that God's fingerprint is found in us all.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that we are gods in ruin. We still reflect God but in shards.
Like a mirror we are made to reflect who God is as whole humans, as Christ did perfectly. Remember, God wishes to form you and transform you back into the great masterpiece He created you to be. You are not junk. To deny ourselves and take up our cross does not mean denying who God created us to be, but denying the dead weight (Hebrews 12:1) and find our true form and worth in Him.
Our relationship with God is meant to be just that… a relationship. The transforming work we find in this experience with God and how it forms us into the person we are meant to be is ultimately found in the actual intimate relationship with have with Him. Dale and Janolyn Fincher drive this idea home:
"The meaning of glory shows us that God doesn't merely want obedient servants; he wants friends who uniquely reflect the weightiness of God's reputation [glory] throughout their own lives [with whatever gifts, talents and tasks God has called us up]."
We have an infinitely complex God who has infinitely created us in His image. Through our relationship with Him we can also glorify Him, make Him look good, reflect Him to the world and shine the path towards Christ in the unique and creative ways God has formed us, which gives us life and gives Him praise and glory. It is in this state that we will be alive and living in God's calling for our lives. "[Jesus] offers the only way for us to be fully human" (Coffee Shop Conversations by Dale and Janolyn Fincher)
Imagine someone one gives you an iPad, as a gift, and unfamiliar of its true purpose you started using it as a cutting board. The glass top allows for a smooth cutting surface and allows you to cut and meal prep quite well but that isn’t what the iPad was made for. Not only that you are completely unaware of the true purpose and capability of that iPad. If I loved one reveals our serious blunder and misuse of their gift we don’t simply stop using the iPad or throw it out because we have been misusing it we power it up, unlock it and use it to it’s full potential.
Ultimately, it is not about denying our humanity that we become dedicated followers of Christ but it is discovering our true humanity by becoming complete in the image of Christ (who was perfectly human) that we can become what God meant us to be from the foundation of time.
Drake is the Founder of boldcupofcoffee.com and serves as Executive Pastor at gateway.ac as well as being an avid speaker, writer and leadership coach/consultant.
Drake is passionate about seeing people thrive and come alive. To BELONG, wrestle with what they BELIEVE and BECOME people FULL OF LOVE, FUELLED BY FAITH, and ADDICTED TO HOPE. Drake is also a life learner and loves being challenged to think deeper and grow further. One of his favorite things to do is spend a good amount of time in a good café or coffee shop with a good book or engaging conversation. To be able to share in someone else's journey and experience is always a pleasure and honor. You can also connect with him at your personal page at drakedelongfarmer.com. To read more articles by Drake, simply click here.
CONNECT WITH US
SUBSCRIBE VIA EMAIL
Privacy: We hate spam as much as you, so we will never share your e-mail address with anyone.
SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOGS RSS FEED
AND GET ARTICLE UPDATES