Gather | You are Created in the Image of God

Really? A quick glance in the mirror first thing in the morning or stepping on those scales would have you doubting this truth.

Yet in reality – you are. You are set apart and separated from every other wonder of creation. You can do things that nothing or no one else can do the way you can, and you can do things you couldn’t do a year ago and new stuff you will achieve this year.

You are gifted, talented, creative and growing.

Genesis 1:26-27
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

You are also self-governing. Because of this God-given freedom to self-govern, you become the craftsman of your own destiny. You intuitively know things. Responding to that is your personal decision.

Every creature of God’s amazing creation functions by instinct. But not you or me. We have the power of choice.
Birds build a nest without a degree in architecture.
The migration occurs without GPS.
The Antarctic born penguins use no calendar.
Wildlife sense danger without a siren.
Hives have queens without elections.
Doves find lifelong partners without Tinder.

What about us? We are born with unquantified giftedness. You know the guy who is just really good at a sport or the one who can make a saxophone harmonize with every sound around him. Or what about the person who sings anytime, and always in key.

A few years ago, I bought tickets to Handel’s Messiah. We took our daughter-in-law, our boys, and their close friend who happened to be an incredible singer and worship leader. Our daughter-in-law had never experienced a live orchestra. She was overwhelmed. Our family friend had never heard of Handel or the oratorio or the back story. Watching their faces as the evening unfolded created an image I will always cherish.

The next day, while working in our eight acre complex, I witnessed this gifted young man singing the oratorio of the previous night… word and pitch-perfect.
This is a gift. A gift from God. Not trained, not paid for, not studied, but given. Yet here is the thing. Every gift, talent or thread of creativity you possess is completely… subject to you.
Electing each passing year, or even each day, to grow, mature, and develop is entirely your decision.
God gave you self-governance. What you do with that power is your choice.

– Ps Bev Mortlock