Oct 7th 2021 · Day 280
Everyone is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26)!
‘If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, and you say to the man in the suit, “Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!” and either ignore the street person or say, “Better sit here in the back row,” haven’t you segregated God’s children and proved that you are judges who can’t be trusted?’ (James 2:2-4, The Message).
Today’s New Testament passage is a helpful reminder in not showing favouritism to people based on their apparent worth to us. We don’t always easily remember that every human being, regardless of their net worth, intellect, status or other factors, is made in the image of God. Put simply, people are stamped by God Himself.
If you take a coin, you will see that here in the UK, the Queen’s image is proudly displayed on it. A marred coin can be brought back to its former glory with something acidic, like ketchup for instance. Rubbing the ketchup in reveals the image and makes the coin shine.
The local church should be a place that spiritually ‘rubs the presence of Jesus’ onto people’s lives to restore the image of God, so that it is seen within the life of the community.
We are at our best when the image of God is seen to those around us. Sometimes, however, circumstances cause the image of God to be marred. As followers of Jesus, we get the unique opportunity to treat everyone with dignity and respect, seeing them as God’s creation. Perhaps the image is seen most in those we least expect. Maybe this kingdom is an upside-down kingdom!
Pause and reflect: Lord, help us to treat everyone as we would Jesus Himself.
Clyde is a passionate follower of Jesus who serves as the lead pastor of Victory Church and the UK director for Hope Center Ministries. He is married to Rebekah and together they are sold out for the cause of Christ in their generation. He started Bible in a Year to help people grow in their devotional lives. Follow him on Twitter: @MrClydeT
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