Today we dive into the profound question that often lingers in our minds: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" From childhood dreams of becoming pro athletes, lawyers, or even superheroes, we've all pondered this question at some point. However, as we've discovered, the real question is, "Who are you going to be when you grow up?" This is a question of identity, and as we explore this theme today, we'll uncover our true identity as image bearers of God.
In Genesis 1:26, we find a pivotal moment in creation when God said, "Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us." This verse reveals a profound truth about God's nature as a Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We, as humans, reflect this divine nature in our own tripartite existence—body, soul, and spirit. We're unique, bearing the fingerprints of our Creator.
Our identity as image bearers comes with responsibilities:
1. **Reproduce and Cultivate Community**: We're called to multiply not only biologically but also by nurturing and guiding the next generation. Your influence in a child's life can be transformational, even if you're not a biological parent.
2. **Work and Care for Creation**: God entrusted us with dominion over the Earth. Let's care for it, acknowledging God's creative power. Be conscious of your environmental impact, reduce waste, and conserve resources. Remember, we are stewards, not abusers.
3. **Love and Cultivate Unity**: In our diverse world, remember that every person, irrespective of differences, is an image bearer of God. Reject discrimination and divisiveness, and embrace unity. Show respect and love to all.
4. **Obey and Trust in God**: Trusting God involves submitting to His guidance and sovereign will. Seek His will in all aspects of life and surrender your own understanding.
Imagine if every decision we made reflected our identity as image bearers of God. Imagine if we treated every person we encountered as a unique reflection of God's image. Embracing this identity has the power to transform our lives and the world around us.
So, let's commit to being influencers who make a positive impact. Let's strive to reflect God's image in every facet of our lives, for in doing so, we fulfill our purpose and bring glory to our Creator.
How will you embrace your identity today and make a difference in the world around you?