Image Dei [Part 3]
By — June 19, 2017
Image Dei [Part 3]
Are you ready for some good news?
Because you are made in the image of God, you are invited to
love and accept yourself in Christ – not reject yourself, condemn yourself or
reckon yourself a worm.
Today’s text: “Then
God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have
dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over
the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps
on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he
created him; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:26–27, ESV)
The problem in our culture is not self love; it is self
absorption. There is a fundamental difference between being self-consumed and
being self-accepting. If you do not come to the place where you in Jesus Christ
can accept yourself and love yourself, the only alternative is to hate
yourself. And whomever you hate you want to hurt.
All of hell conspires for our condemnation, but Jesus came
not to condemn, but to save and deliver. Why
are we condemning ourselves when the God of the universe came and died for us
so that we would not be condemned?
C. S. Lewis said: We may be content to remain what we
call ‘ordinary people’: but He [God] is determined to carry
out a quite different plan. To shrink back from that plan is not humility:
it is laziness and cowardice. To submit to it is not conceit or
megalomania; it is obedience.
When you recognize the greatness of God’s love and purpose
for your life, you aren’t exalting yourself and it isn’t pride In fact,
recognizing the glory of being made in God’s image is an act of obedience and
worship. You glorify God by acknowledging the majesty of His creation.
God is not honored and we are not motivated when we view
ourselves, speak to ourselves and confess to others that we are worthless.
Instead, God is honored and we are energized for service when we view ourselves
as He made us – the likeness and image of God. And that’s the Gospel!