A few weeks ago at Shelter Rock we were treated to a sneak preview of the Global Leadership Summit by hearing a talk by Danielle Strickland. It is a tremendous sermon and if you have not heard it, I encourage you to go to our website to listen to it. Two of the phrases that Danielle repeated were “it’s not too late” and “it’s not too hard”. There are some situations in life that feel like “it’s too late” or “it’s too hard”. It is tempting for me to think that my weaknesses, temptations and blind spots will never go away. When I encounter situations in my own life or with other people I am tempted to think – too late, too hard. Danielle told stories about how with God gives us the courage, strategy and tools to take action to “do good” in the world around us even when it seems impossible. I would add that in our own struggle to become humble, loving followers of Jesus that we have hope that “it’s not too late” and “it’s not too hard” to become conformed into the image of Jesus. Where does God want to transform you or your relationships?
Has life recently thrown you a curve ball? Or put you in a situation where you are second guessing yourself? Feeling lost? When I have days like this, I need to remind myself what God has planned for me to be in Genesis 1:26-27. “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…’ So God created man in his own image.” We can draw our confidence that our identity is from the image of God in several ways just from Genesis 1:
- His brilliant creativity. God has given each one of us unique gifts and talents to create, embark on ideas, make improvements, and help each other.
- We can also be in awe that “in likeness” God gave us the intellectual ability to hear and understand Him, more than any other animal or creation.
- He wanted to have a relationship with you, so we would know how to have relationships with each other.
Life becomes more purposeful when we understand we are uniquely imprinted to reflect God’s image.