What a thought – we are made in his image. Made in the image of the creator of the universe. Wow! When I run into people who are living adventurous, creative lives it is inspiring. But shouldn’t this be the case with all the believers with whom we cross paths? Hmmmmm…..
Teaching, and being a part of Bible studies over the years, I began to realize that it is not uncommon to lose sight of the passion and dreams we had in our youth. We can get lost in the day-to-day-ness of our lives and lose touch with our unique passions. This study was born out of a desire to encourage people to know their unique passions and to endeavor to flourish as believers in the absolutely creative nature’s God has blessed each of us with. No two people have been created the same. We are supposed to love life, live freely and serve the Lord, tapping into the totally unique passions God put into us before we were even born.
Does the above describe your life? If so, praise the Lord! Keep going! If not, then this study can help you to re-discover the passion inside of you and get you on your way to an adventurous, abundant life. You are made in his image.
THE INTRODUCTION (An excerpt for you):
Have you ever stopped to consider what it must have been like for God to create the world we live in? Was He excited? Was He serious? Was it almost overwhelming? Or was He laughing in pure delight? I think about it sometimes and am amazed. There is nothing that a isn’t totally intricate that God created – from the microbes, to the plants, to you and me. The passion that He has for His creation is unparalleled. Not a sparrow falls to the ground that He doesn’t know about. He even knows how many hairs are on your head…at all times! Wow!
I, on the other hand, can find myself overwhelmed with everyday tasks such as laundry, grocery shopping, and chasing kids around. There has to be more to life than just moving toward the end of one day, only fall into bed exhausted and try to get some sleep before it all starts over again. Add in to the mix Bible study, church, sports, friends, and time for our husbands, and we are frequently tapped out.
While I was out on an ATV ride with my family years back, my daughter and I began to talk about how big God seems when we are out in the forest. We continued for quite some time, commenting back and forth about the beauty and how everything fits together so nicely. After we’d talked for quite a while, she began to sing songs. My mind kept going, however, and became a conversation with the Lord.
“Father, how is it that all of creation, down to the very molecule, is so orderly, while I and most of the people I know seem to be chasing our tails chaotically?”
As I waited my mind went to Genesis 1:27-28, which says;
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; make and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”“It makes no sense for God to put chaos in charge order,” I thought. “So either God made a mistake, or the way I am living is not as the Lord intended for me… God doesn’t make mistakes, so therefore I am not living the way that the Lord created me to live.”
This has led to many, many hours of searching the Word and my heart for the answers to my questions. I do not believe that the keys to a productive and enjoyable life are hidden where none can find them. They are found in the words of the Bible, which are indeed the very words of Jesus Himself.
Look back up at the words of Genesis 1:27. Do you see what is written? God created us in His image. That means that in my search for how to live my life to please Him, I must know something of His character. What is it that makes God tick? What is His motivation? What is His delight?
When I think about these questions, my mind first goes to Genesis 3:15. God is addressing the serpent, and He says to him, ‘And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise your head and you shall bruise His heel.”
The fall of mankind had just happened, and already God was reaching down through eternity to bridge the gap. He doesn’t remove the consequences of the sin, but His love for mankind has motivated Him to act on our behalf. Why? Why not just be angry? I believe it is a demonstration of the passion God has for His creation. In Genesis 1:2, it reads, “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
God is not a God that He is subject to His emotions, but rather His emotions are in perfect form. His perfect character balances everything. We see all through the entire Scriptures that He is totally passionate about His creation. That includes the stars, planets, animals, and all people. He is absolutely passionate about you and me. So passionate is He that His love for you and me causes Him to reach down through eternity to know us intimately and to make Himself available to be known intimately by us. As I have studied the Bible, time after I have seen His passion displayed. If you and I desire to be more like Him, then it stands to reason that we must know more about His passion.
If you have a car and you try to drive it sideways – perpendicular, if you will – you will soon find out that it doesn’t work. It won’t go, because it is designed to drive and turn from a forward and backward motion. You and I were made to operate in His image. The enemy of our souls wants us to operate perpendicular to how God is, but we only work well when we operate in His image. Living contrary to this produces chaos, strife, envy, enmity with one another, and a whole list of other problems. What is the solutions? To live as we were created in the image of our maker. There we will find “love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22b-23a).