In His Image by Kate Anderson
In His image
By Kate Anderson
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:21
When I first started walking with God, I noticed the desire to want to be with people that I never would of thought to spend time with before. Our only similarity was that God created us and that Jesus redeemed us. God used these early friends in my faith to show me His personality and His character, so that I could begin to look more like Him.
These friendships that were the most influential in that season:
- My serving friend: Always the first to clean the dishes or let me borrow her car. When our friend was sick with cancer she never left her side. She even slept on the hospital floor so that she wouldn’t be afraid. She often toiled, take me God instead of her… “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many”, Mark 10:45 had come alive to me.
- My introverted friend: I learned through her introverted qualities the necessity of being alone with God and the importance of abiding in Him. I learned of His desire to be with me. John 15 “Abide in me and I in you” began to make sense to me in a way it never had before.
- My peacemaker friend: This friend did not shy from hard conversations, but when it was necessary, he embraced it. I began to understand how God could use healthy confrontation to get to the root of an issue and make true peace, not just keep false peace. I understood “Blessed are the peacemakers…" in Matthew 5:9 from the way this friend lived his life.
When God created Adam and Eve in His image, we could see parts of his personality, but not all of who he was could be captured in two persons. God continues to create person after person, instilling more of who He is inside them. In ourselves it is not possible to access all of who God is, but we learn about Him through His word, guidance of the Holy Spirit and our relationships with each other. To miss out on relationships is to miss out on God.
Every person is a unique irreplaceable, finite expression of God’s infinite personality.
This challenge is two fold:
Who is someone in your small group who seems very different from you? Seek out a friendship with them. Ask them their story. Then ask yourself: how is this person different from me? What part of God's character do I see in them?
Have you heard about breakaway? The whole point of the retreat is to form new friendships, and discover who God is. The second part of your practical challenge is to attend!