Thursday – We Are Made In His Image

By Nick Molick

…they were casting a net into the lake for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him.
Matthew 4:18-20

   Society in general can bring out the best and the worst in all of us. The stress of social gatherings, seeing old friends and family, can present us with abundant opportunities to be the light of the world or can bring out our dark side. Family gatherings can be times of great joy and frustration because we are really good at something that is really bad. We are really good at pointing out someone else’s shortcomings, what ticks you off about them or what just plain makes you better than them.

   If we are honest, this can at times be our default mode as we go through the day-to-day grind. We tend to think no one is working harder or doing it better and for sure no one is more spiritual than us. But in our hearts, we know that is not true and we also know that is not what Jesus taught. Jesus did not tell us if we followed Him that we would have our best life now. What He taught was that God has fearfully and wonderfully made each and every one of us and we are to honor Him and our brothers.

   It is incredibly easy to remember why we may not agree with or like someone. What we need to remember is that God has created us for His own purpose and plan and that even though we do not know what that is we have a chance to be a part of it if we honor God with our lives.

   Throughout Scripture we see how Jesus deals with issues and emotions that aren’t easily put away by us. Worry, anger and holding grudges all resonate with us because we can relate to them. Jesus is telling us He knows what we struggle with. If He knows our struggles and yet still loves us we are called to do the same with those around us. Christ has given us the model for living a certain way around people who are not trying to get along with Him. We must recognize we are in need of Jesus’s saving grace and mercy just as much as those we tend to judge. All of us are made in His image and all of us need to render to God what is God’s, in our heart and attitudes.

   Read Psalm 139:14. How would your family gatherings go differently if everyone kept this in their hearts?

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