Being made in God’s image means that we represent who He is. But being His followers also means that we represent Him in a much bigger way. We represent who God is and how God is. Those who don’t follow Him should see these things about Him through our example.
For instance, God is loving, so we should all be loving. We shouldn’t be bullying anyone or making fun of them. We should be caring for them and showing them God’s love. God is good, not evil, so we shouldn’t be planning evil. We shouldn’t love what’s evil (Romans 12:9), but what’s good.
When people see those of us who follow Jesus, they’re seeing an example of what His people are supposed to be like. We’ve always got to be showing the right example. The Bible says when we do good works people will see them and give glory to God because of them (Matthew 5:16). Are you showing people the right things about God?
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Even though we’ve all been created in the image of God, just like Adam and Eve, this has been ruined some by sin. When Adam and Eve chose to sin, they made their perfect relationship with God not-so-perfect anymore. Now, every person that’s come ever since them has needed God’s forgiveness of their sin (through Jesus) just to have a relationship with Him.
You may not think you’ve done anything bad enough to need God’s forgiveness, but the Bible is clear that all of us have sinned and don’t meet up to God’s requirement of perfection (Romans 3:23). It’s also pretty clear that we can be forgiven if we ask (1 John 1:9). We just have to confess (admit that we’ve done wrong) and ask for His forgiveness, and He’ll give it! All followers of Jesus Christ can be forgiven.
What have you done today that you know is wrong? Think about some things and talk to God. Admit to Him that you’ve done those things and even some others you might not realize and ask for His forgiveness.
Today’s memory verse is 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Before He ever created you- before He ever created anything – God had a purpose in mind for you. He knew what He wanted you to do and He made you perfect for that special job. Are you really good at something? God gave you that gift so you could do something for His purpose.
Everything about who you are, what you like, what you’re good at, what you’re not good at, these are all things that God put together into a person to make you. And He planned all that out before He even made the world! You’re special in the eyes of God. No one else is you and no one else is meant to be. No one else can do exactly what God wants you to do.
It’s not always easy to know what our purpose is, but if we’ll pray, read the Bible to hear from God, and obey Him, we’ll usually find whatever the next step is to become who we’re created to be. Who do you think God made you to be? What’s your purpose?
Keep working on Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
God created man and woman in His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:27). Ok, but, what does that mean exactly? What does it mean to be in someone’s image?
Have you ever been told that you look just like your mom or dad? Maybe someone has commented that you look a lot like an aunt or uncle or grandmother or grandfather. The fact that you look like them is because you’re related, you come from the same family. You could say that you were made in the image of your parents because you bear their likeness. Get it yet?
So, we can’t see God. He’s invisible (1 Timothy 1:17). How can we bear someone’s image if they can’t be seen? The Bible says that God is spirit. Animals and plants are not spirit, rocks and dirt are not spirit. But you and I, humans, are spiritual beings. It means we can think and we can create things, we can talk and write and we can discover new things. We can worship God and be in a relationship with Him. No other thing on this earth can do that but us.
You were created to be close to God. He wants that from each one of us and it’s why He created people in His image. Think today about some ways in which you’re different from other created things because you’re a human who is created in the likeness of God.
Keep memorizing Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Did you know that even before He ever created the world, God had a plan just for you (Ephesians 1:4)? He knew you and loved you before He even created you. You have a unique identity that’s given to you by God. Who are you supposed to be? Who are you?
The Bible tells us a lot of things about who we are and who God expects us to be. It tells us about being made in God’s image, about having a purpose, about needing God’s forgiveness, and about how we all represent God as His children. We’ll be looking into each of those things this week.
Start thinking right now about who you think God created you to be. What plans do you think He has for you? What will you become? How will you serve Him now and as you get older? As you read the Bible verses we cover this week, keep coming back to those questions to see if any of your answers have changed.
Ready for a new verse to memorize? Here it is: Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”