At the very beginning of creation, the bible tells us that God made man in His image and likeness. Later on in the bible we learn that because God so loved the world, you, me, trees, flowers and oh ok animals to, He sent His son to die in our place, as sin had entered the world He created and nothing could make up for this but Jesus’s death. If you are reading this I will assume that you know God or at least have heard of him; even if you haven’t or perhaps you have arguments against God, I’ll say just give me your ear or actually eyes since you’ll be reading this and perhaps I can present my case for God in another post.
The God I know and have experienced personally is kind, powerful, loving, creative, faithful, strong I could go on! Out of His love, He created mini me (us) with the sole purpose of us being the object of His affection.
The characteristics that I have listed above are all good; what is even more fascinating is the fact that He loved us so much, He was not willing to scrap the plan when it all went wrong and start all over again, rather He chose to give up his son Jesus, to bring about redemption and get us back on track. Given all of this, why is it that if we are being brutally honest, when we think about ourselves, a high percentage of us especially Christians who should know and believe these truth, do not?
I’ve come to realise that a distorted view of ones identity can cloud how you view and receive God’s love. We firstly identify who a person is from their name. I’ve always been fascinated with names and the meanings behind it; I wonder why parent choose the names they do and how the meaning of a name can reflect the personality of the person to which it is attached.
It is not everyday that we acknowledge the significance of the meaning of a name, as we go about our daily lives. Once you get to know a person better or on those rare occasions where our hearts/brain connect with the meaning behind a name, you get those aha moments where you think that makes sense about you or perhaps if only he/she could be like their name.
Whenever I come across a good name with a good meaning behind it, I am blown away that parents see their child as such and declared this over their life right from birth, whether they are aware of this or not.
If this is the heart of earthly parents who despite their best intentions, still have shortcomings, how about God who wanted us humans in the first place and then proceeded to breathe life into clay? We are a direct reflection of who He is given that we were made in His image and what He calls us, LOVED, CHOSEN, QUEENS, KINGS AND WARRIOR etc should be second nature to us right and we should see and carry ourselves as all of the above. If only it was that easy, but why isn’t that the case?
There are various factors that one could attribute this to, difficult upbringing, opinions of men, broken world, demonic, the list goes on unfortunately. All of which means that we do not identify ourselves with how He defines us.
I was lucky to grow up in a good household where I was adored and showered with love and had the freedom to be myself, but of course the day comes when you have to step out into the big ‘bad’ world and some of what I’ve listed above comes into play as you do life. Which often lead to a journey of believing and living lies that becomes so familiar they build a comfortable nest in your heart and disguise themselves as truths. Lies that kills, steals and destroy, nothing positive about it.
How do we combat this then?
I have found that going back to the start, my ‘place of birth’, where God created me in His image and likeness, that place we must always go back to, that foundation which we should not only build from but return to often, in fact daily, is the key to breaking the lies that yearns to snuff the life out of you. The foundation that proclaims that I am KNOWN, I BELONG AND I AM LOVED by God who happens to be the King of Kings and whose opinion should frankly be the only one that matters
I am learning to listen to God’s voice first, about who I am no matter what state i find myself. And I find that as I connect with my hero Jesus deeper and draw nearer to the Father, and befriend the Holy Spirit who is a great companion, i experience love that uplifts, calm, enlighten and motivates me to keep going. God reminds me of His truth which is that I am accepted, honoured and celebrated for who He has made me to be. Often at times this also mean giving it away because once you’ve experienced His love you want to everyone else too.
So that is that, now go on try it for yourself!