But whoever did want (Jesus), who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves. John 1:12 (Message)
When a gifted sculptor creates a sculpture, it is a beautiful work of art to behold. But then, if someone comes by and adds on a coat to it… then a bag… then a blanket… and then perhaps smears a little mud on it, suddenly it is changed. It doesn’t look at all how it was meant to look. The sculptor himself might not even recognize his own creation!
Yesterday we read that YOU were created in the likeness and image of God. That image, that “sculpture,” is the real YOU. The core of who you are is the thumbprint of God Himself; and His character, thoughts, and ways have been carved into the depths of your heart. But, for many of us, the world has come along and clipped some add-ons to that sculpture: things like anger, fear, depression, eating disorders, constant worry, lust, or pride. Over time, we accept these add-ons as part of who we are, forgetting they were never part of God’s original sculpture.
Jesus came to remind each of us who we really are. He came to, once again, make YOU your true self… your child of- God self. He came to show you that anything outside the original plan of being made in God’s image is simply an add-on, nothing more. So, that depression you’ve struggled with for so long and accepted as part of who you are? Yeah, that’s not really you. It’s just an add-on. And that anorexia? Or that anger? Or that failure? Those things are just addons. And, the great thing about add-ons is that they can become take-offs!
You might have been carrying some of these add-ons around a long time, so it’ll be a process to free yourself of them completely. But know this: YOU, the core of YOU, is created in God’s image. And this Be You Devotional is all about helping you to get back to that original design, and to rally you to turn all those add-ons into take-offs!
Any part of you that isn’t made in the image of God and His character is simply an add-on. Accept that these things are not YOU, and they don’t have to be a part of your identity. You can Be YOU without those trappings. Ask God to help you.
Father, I believe You have given me the power and desire to be that original sculpture, a person made in Your image. I believe I am full of life and power. Help me to walk in strength and integrity so I can let go of any add-ons in my life.
Throw off your old sinful nature and your former way
of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Ephesians
Put off the old man with his deeds. Colossian 3:9
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power
and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7