May 15, 2010
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
How do you feel about yourself? Those who follow such things say it's a pretty important question.
They tell us it's important because the way we feel about ourselves very often determines the way we're going to live our lives. If that's the case, I'm inclined to think some folks may soon have some problems.
I hope you want to know why!
Good, I'll tell you. Not so long ago I found out the top-selling T-shirt in Japan was one which came imprinted with the message: "We're Number One!"
Right around the same time, the top-selling T-shirt in the USA carried the phrase: "Underachiever -- And Proud Of It!"
Those are major differences in attitude, and there's danger in both positions.
Those who think they're number one are in for a rude awakening. We were made to praise the Lord and He, not you or me, is number one. Those people who are proud of underachieving are also going to be shocked. Jesus came into this world to sacrifice Himself for us, to give Himself so we might be forgiven, transformed, and saved.
The point is this: God made us in His image, and He wants to return us to that image.
That is why Jesus entered this world. It is why He was born, why He lived, why He died, why He rose. Jesus has done all that was necessary so we might, once again, be part of God's family.
It was a gracious sacrifice which transforms sinners and makes them saints. And it ought to change the way we think and feel about ourselves.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, being created in Your image was a great gift. Now I give thanks that I have had that image partially restored by the faith given to me by the Holy Spirit. May I live like one of Your children and glorify You by what I do. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries