Not Only Human
By Becky Hunter
God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.–Genesis 1:27 (NLT)
Astonishing words! We bear God’s image!
That’s why Henry Blackaby, in his book Holiness, says, “Our greatest single concern is most certainly what we do to God’s name.” How awesome it would be, if that was always our biggest concern!
I recently read an article about a well-known Christian woman who had a tantrum (aka, threw a fit) in a public setting — seems she didn’t like the seat she was assigned for an event. Following much public humiliation concerning the incident, she commented: “I’m only human.”
No she’s not.
Ok, it’s true she is human, but she’s not only human. She bears the image of God. She forgot that for a moment. And as a result, she became the bearer of her mood rather than the bearer of her God. Bad strategy for Kingdom progress.
How about you? Do you ever let a mood trump the decision you made long ago to be who God says you are? I know I have — and every time a mood trumped a decision — I regretted it.
In spite of the fact that the world is always nagging you and me to ask ourselves, “Who am I?” and “What about me?” We have to remember that the real questions of import are always “Who does God say I am?” and “What about God?” We’re Christians. We can’t let anything or anyone cause us to define ourselves differently than God has defined us: He said we are His image bearers. So even as distracting questions and annoying circumstances swirl around us, our greatest single concern must always be what we are doing to God’s name. Our witness is the significant issue!
Our families, churches and communities will be blessed if we don’t forget, for even a moment, that our greatest single concern is what we do to God’s name.
That’s my prayer for you today. And, as you sit down in your worship service this weekend, I hope you will pray for pastors’ wives worldwide. Pray that each one will remember she is His image bearer.
And the Lord, who is the Spirit- makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.– 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT)
Is this being “fake” — NO.
Through the years as the “who are you really?” question has superceded the “Who does God say you really are?” question in our culture and even in the Christian community women have turned to their moods and societies calling on their lives for their definition.