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Stepping Stones: “He Looks Just Like His Father”

Stepping Stones: “He Looks Just Like His Father”
October 19, 2009 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip
In every child, there is evidence of the parents’ contributions to the child’s makeup. They have their father’s eyes, or their mother’s nose. Whose intelligence or stubbornness they have is often up for debate! What we often forget is that we, too, bear an image, an imprint of our designer – our Father’s image and likeness. God is not like us, yet He designed us to understand who He is, so that we might be in relationship with Him. For this reason, He gives us a likeness or analogy of His infinite and perfect attributes and character. For example, in a limited way, we understand greatness, power, knowledge, authority, sacrifice, love, and other attributes. He gives us a sense of time and eternity. He imprints us with an ability to grasp right and wrong…good, better, and best. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – all these are attributes and characteristics that we find in God. This means, that every encouragement to obey God is not just a rule, law, or helpful hint about life. It’s a call to be what we were made to be. Holiness isn’t so much about “being good” as it is about “being human”…the human God created us to be, and we are through Jesus.
We don’t use a paintbrush to change a diaper, nor a hammer to eat dinner. When something is serving it’s designer’s intent, it works easier and better.
Today, whatever your situation is, look at the Scriptures, consider the Designer’s intent for your life and know that He is calling you to “be all that you can be.” What do you need to believe differently about God or yourself to be all that He designed you to be? Click here to share with the Stepping Stone community your thoughts on being who God designed you to be.

Prayer
Dear Father, Teach us to know that You have designed us for better things. Teach us to understand that obedience to You is not burdensome, but that obedience is a return to our design. By the power of your Spirit, make us to be more and more in the image of Christ, who bears Your image perfectly and fully. Help me to get out of Your way and understand better my role in Your work of growing me. These things we ask boldly, through the love and work of Christ Jesus for us, and all God’s children said, – AMEN!

The Truth
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Genesis 1:26-27
But to this day whenever Moses is read, a veil lies over their heart; but whenever a person turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”
2 Corinthians 3:15-18

Comment (1)

  1. Katarina 13 years ago

    Hope…I tend to be an optimist for sure. But at the end of the day, the hope that I've been waiting for all day, whether I recieve the end result or not, has already propelled me through a wonderful day. It makes me want to wake up and hope again tomorrow. One of my favorite verses that deals says, "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for…" Heb.11:1. Faith and Hope go hand in hand. So when we have confidence in our hope, we have faith, and when we have faith, we build trust and we are headed in the right direction to communion with God. Without hope, there is no excitement for things to come. We ought to hope like children do. If you do not know what I mean, ask a kid what they want for Christmas and watch their expression sparkle as they light up to tell you what they hope for on Christmas.

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