Limits of the Image - Sunday's Dose - 6th January 2013

Sunday's Dose - 6th January 2013

Limits of the Image

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. - Genesis 1:27.

The kitten could not figure out the mirror. He would arch and plunge toward his image, and, when his reflection did the same, he would bristle and retreat. A full-length mirror was attached to the inside of a closet door. Leaving the door open would give him hours of planning strategic attacks. He would crouch and peek at the backside of the door preparing a surprise attack only to discover his enemy had outwitted him.

What the cat didn't know was that his image was not three-dimensional and self-willed. His image was only his reflection.

How God must laugh when we make that same mistake! We think we have it all figured out. We think we can outsmart what we see. We think God is our image when, in fact, we are his. We are incomplete—nonexistent—without him.

Any image is only a replica with certain limitations. A picture of a tree looks like a tree but lacks the ability to flicker its leaves in a breeze. Our shadow is our image. It has arms, legs, torso, and head and moves with us. However, it lacks dimension and color. It also lacks free will.

Similarly, the image (people) and the "pre-image" (God) are alike only in some ways. Notice that God created tangible elements by speaking. We can't do that.Our words create only intangible ideas. So, we are not identical to God; only parts of us are. Maybe we resemble God in our ability to speak; maybe it's our creativity; maybe it's our willingness to help others or our ability to love. We can't really tell for sure what parts of us are God-like.

So, we might be silly as the kitten with the mirror to ask what race or gender God is. All we can do is determine race and gender of his image.

We can be smarter about this image thing if we realize that all people are incomplete and that only God can complete us.

Prayer: Our Heavenly Creator, who am I that you would create me in your image? I barely know who I am to you, but I want to learn. Make me whole in your sight. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Sunday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team