In His Image
Posted by Rod Neufeld on May 5, 2016
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27 NKJV
How do you see yourself? How do you think others see you?
It is a question that people, especially teens and young adults, struggle with. The world tells us how we should look, act, feel and think. Then it says, “Be your own person!” Really?!
What kind of garbage is that? You cannot make a move without having someone pushing you to be something you are not.
We get it in the “adult world” as well. Many people buy into that lie. Sadly, they never really mature. If you spend all of your energy trying to please the world you will burn yourself out and still fail. Once you think you have it figured out: the rules change!
I struggled through my adolescence with many issues, I totally feel for and understand what our youth go through. Too fat, too skinny, too freckled, too tanned, hair is too dark, hair is too light, blah blah blah. I spent years with maybe 2 or 3 good friends and that’s it. Looking back, that’s all I needed! Those supposed “got it all together” kids never managed to keep friends because they had to constantly change their standards to match society.
Here is a news flash: you will never keep up. The system is evil and designed to keep you oppressed, so you can never be on top. At least not for any length of time.
What is the answer? Self-image problems are really troubling because if you dig deep enough it is really a spiritual issue. WE WERE MADE IN GOD’S IMAGE! So if you have a problem with how you were created, your problem is with your creator.
That’s ok to have this problem. You have to start somewhere. Eventually, though, you will have to choose between the one that created you and the World.
A. The One that created you, loves you for who you are. He gifted you with amazing gifts. The one whom you can serve in love. Your gifts will grow and be used for great things. Or…
B. The world who happens to have a system run by one that was so enamoured by his own beauty and self that it corrupted him, made him hideous and incapable of love or compassion.
God so loved His creation that He came and suffered for it. So when you think you are alone and there is nobody out there that cares or understands, remember the cross. Remember the sacrifice that was made so you could live forever.
The world promises you an easy ride. But, it always leads to destruction. Look at Hollywood. Look at the fashion world. They are all messed up, even if they appear to have it all together.
Jesus never promised that it would be easy, He loves you enough to be honest with you, even if it hurts at times.
We all like to be told what we want to hear, but we know eventually it won’t fill that emptiness that we have. To quote a term that has been over used, “We do have a God shaped hole inside of us and He is the only one that can fill that void.”
I speak from experience that we cannot fill the emptiness with the things of the world. It won’t happen! It can’t happen because we were not created for that.
You were fearfully and wonderfully made. You are loved and have gifts beyond compare. You have nothing to prove to those that expect you to prove something. In all honesty, if people want you to prove yourself as a friend, chances are they won’t make a very good friend. That is why you should get to know them anyways. They most likely never had a real friend, one that emulates Christ. He is the friend that is true. Who doesn’t set the bar so high that nobody can ever live up to it. Instead, be the friend that accepts them for who they are. Even if they don’t follow Christ, He still made them and wants them, too. You may be the one that God will use to reach that person.
Let me ask you: Do you:
- Feel like you are alone?
- Never good enough?
- Never attractive enough?
- Never smart enough?
You have something in common with someone I know on a personal level. He was raised by a carpenter, smarter than anyone, but had no special external features that made Him stand out.
“But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.” Philippians 2:7 NKJV
Guess what? The world rejected Him. Yet He loves those that rejected Him as much as He loves those who love Him.
“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:8 NKJV
You know what the world and society expects of you. Now read the words of the apostle Paul as he describes what Christ expects of you.
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,” Philippians 2:8, 14-15 NKJV
What are you waiting for? Get out there and shine!