A Snapshot of Divinity
“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
As I sit here at my desk tonight with the dogs wrestling and barking in the other room, my daughter singing a song at the desk behind me, and Wendy in the other room doing something that more than likely just had to be done that minute, I look at my life and I’m happy. I’m not happy because my life is perfect or because I have everything figured out, but I’m happy because I have a confidence that the person I see in the mirror is slowly and steadily looking a little bit more like the plan God had in mind when He created me.
In one of my favorite chapters in the Bible (Psalm 139) we read the words of King David when he says,
“You shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God–you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration–what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d lived one day.”
I approach this post today with several truths in mind:
First of all, I was created in the image of God. In other words, I was created to resemble God. Different parts of his nature were imprinted upon my cellular and spiritual DNA. I have come to understand that there are parts of my life that were designed to be an earthly representation of a heavenly creator.
Secondly, along with the Divine nature came a Divine plan and reason for my life. As we read in the psalm, “all the stages of my life were spread out before you, The days of my life all prepared before I’d lived one day.” Another time in the Bible, God said, “I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out–plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” This is awesome because it reveals that God’s plan for my life is the future that I am hoping for. Even if I am not aware of what that is. I am completely convinced that we find the ultimate joy and fulfillment in life when we discover and embrace the plan that God has for us.
Thirdly, I have a choice in the matter. I have been created in the image of God, but I have the option of trying to recreate that image to conform to any number of lesser identities. I was given a divine purpose and destiny, but once again I have the option of embracing any number of lesser life plans that I find along this journey. It seems, to me, that this is the greatest challenge of life.
With these truths in mind, I present you with this thought. Fully embracing our God given individuality, identity, and potential may be the single greatest act of worship we can hope to attain. What more can we present to God than to lovingly value the gift that He has given to us. As believers who have been empowered by the very Spirit of God residing within us, we have been given the power to ‘become sons and daughters of God’. We have the potential to live a life that is a snapshot of divinity on this earth. We have the ability to live with joy and fulfillment that is attainable by no other means than by simply being who we were created to be.
When I exercise my abilities and talents, when I allow myself to love and be loved by the people surrounding me, when I approach life with my best, I am living an expression of worship to the One who has given me all of these things. By trade, I am a photographer. When I use my best technical and creative abilities to do that job, I am worshiping God who has given me those abilities. When I wipe tears off of my daughters cheeks, or when I hold my wife in a loving embrace, I am worshiping the God who placed me in this family. When I refuse to settle for mediocrity and any other identity that this world might esteem acceptable and instead pursue the best life that is possible using only the divine as my measuring stick; I am embracing God’s plan, and I am worshiping. Today, I mowed my lawn. It may seem trivial, but it is one of my responsibilities in life, and in taking care of what God has placed in my life, I am once again worshiping.
Someday, people will look at my life and they will see a glimpse, a snapshot if you will, of the image and nature of God. Embrace the beauty that God has placed inside of you. Be. Be the expression of divinity that you were created to be.
1 Cor 12:7 “Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit and to all kinds of people!”