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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, April 22, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
In what ways are we made in God’s image? God obviously did not create us exactly like himself because God has no physical body. Instead, we are reflections of God’s glory. Some feel that our reason, creativity, speech, or self-determination is the image of God. More likely, it is our entire self that reflects the image of God. We will never be totally like God because He is our supreme Creator. But we do have the ability to reflect His character in our love, patience, forgiveness, kindness, faithfulness.
Knowing that we are made in God’s image and thus share many of his characteristics provides a solid basis for self-worth. Human worth is not based on possessions, achievements, physical attractiveness, or public acclaim. Instead, it is based on being made in God’s image. Because we bear God’s image, we can feel positive about ourselves. Criticizing or downgrading ourselves is criticizing what God has made and the abilities He has given us. Knowing that you are a person of worth helps you love God, know Him personally, and make a valuable contribution to those around you. (NLT)
Genesis 1:26-31 – Then God said, “Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves. They will be masters over all life—the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the livestock, wild animals, and small animals.”
So God created people in his own image; God patterned them after himself; male and female he created them.
God blessed them and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters over the fish and birds and all the animals.” And God said, “Look! I have given you the seed-bearing plants throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given all the grasses and other green plants to the animals and birds for their food.” And so it was. Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was excellent in every way. This all happened on the sixth day.
Quoted verse: The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it. –Psalm 24:1 (NRSV)
“Story” – Mark A. Carter (Oregon, USA) titled his story “CARING FOR CREATION;” here is a portion of Mark’s story:
“. . . When I look at the green and varied landscapes, it’s easy to see that only God could have made all this. . . .
“In such a vast area, it’s easy to feel small and powerless to change anything. However, like any other home, God’s creation looks better when it’s clean. If I am not a good caretaker of my world, I will eventually have no world worth taking care of. . . .
“In order to take care of the home that God built for me, I try to live a life focused on cleaning up our world. . . . Although we may feel powerless to protect our world, if we all take small steps, the home God gave us can remain clean and beautiful, as it was designed.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How am I taking care of God’s world?
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us never to forget that we show our love for you by loving what you have given to us. Amen.
Prayer Focus: GRATITUDE FOR GOD’S CREATION
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