Monday, October 09, 2006

some thoughts that rattle through my head...

1. We are created in the image of God. Fact (Genesis 1:27).
2. God is a being that has no limits. Fact (Exodus 3:14).

If you cannot put limitations on God and we are beings created in His image, what does that make you think about your potential?

Maybe the answer to that is so magnificent that we could never find it, grab it and put it in our pocket. Not even the biggest pocket in the world. Even the word magnificent is limiting because we can picture magnificent. Maybe there is something so profound at the core of our existence that no human language could ever begin to describe it. Maybe our finite minds are unable to comprehend exactly what God meant when he made us His image-bearers.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created them (Genesis 1:27).”

What does it mean to be created in the image of God? Does that mean God has a form or a shape? Is God something tangible that I can picture in my head when I think of what he may look like? The answer is no.

What does it mean to reflect the image of God? Moses asked to see what God looked like and God told him that no one could see Him and still live (Exodus 33:20).

But I don’t think we can limit these questions to only a physical image. I think there may be more to it than that. So what else then? If it’s not a physical image is it an emotional image? There has to be something deeper at stake here.

If we are all created in the image of God and are meant at the core of our existence to reflect God, then everyone, male and female, Christian and atheist, Buddhist and monk, Muslim and Jew, were all designed to look, think, feel, and act like Him. If God is truly limitless and cannot be defined or comprehended, then is it possible that defining the image of God is also the same? Could it possibly be that God, in all of his goodness and glory, wants us to live in His image to the fullest extent even if we never will understand or comprehend what that extent could possibly mean for us as His image-bearers?

There is so much about God that remains a mystery. In this life we can never truly understand all of who He is and everything He has designed us to be. I think the beauty of this is in the life He has given us to live. Every new day is a day worth living in searching and discovering nuggets of truth that reveal more of who God is. The more that is revealed, the more we know what it means to bear His image. The more discovering that takes place, the more we know God’s hand is at work in our life. The more that we see of Jesus, the more we know there is still so much more to be seen.

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