November: Devotional

And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground-everything that has the breath of life in it-I give every green plant for food." And it was so.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the sixth day.

Genesis 1:24-31 NIV


This devotional is brought to us by Amy Brady, a Leader in The Abbey.  You can read more of her beautiful words on her Facebook page and on Instagram @amy_brady_yoga


I looked into her little face and though some would disagree, I saw a reflection of myself and of my heart. I saw all the ways we are similar: dark hair, dark eyes, dimples placed just so.

I saw the broken places in her heart. They also reflected some of my own. And even though we were born from different ancestries, on different continents, she was still my daughter. Maybe not bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh, but she was from a place deeper still than any outside resemblance.

She was from a place within me that was purposed to take up a place within her.

In Genesis 1:24-31, we wake up to the day that changed it all. Day Six of the Creator’s creative process made a distinct impact on the whole of Creation. It was the day that God paused.

“...God saw that His new creation was beautiful and good. And God paused.” ~Genesis 1:25b

Creator God, Who had been speaking and creating for five days, bringing His Light into the darkness, separating day from night, spinning planets, setting stars, inventing creatures, organizing food chains, pushing the land back from the sea, a flurry of structured chaos coming to order in His court...paused.

Why?

Because what He was about to do next, would change everything. Nothing would be the same. This was the moment all other moments had been created for, hinged upon; this was the Crown of His Creation: humanity.

“Now let Us conceive a new creation—humanity—made in Our image, fashioned according to Our likeness. And let Us grant them authority over all the earth—the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, the domesticated animals and the small creeping creatures on the earth...so God did just that. He created humanity in His image, created them male and female.” ~Genesis 1:26,27

Though we do not know what God looks like, though we have not seen Jesus with our eyes, though the Holy Spirit is felt more than visualized, the Word of God is clear: we look like our Father and His Family.

“Made in our Image. Fashioned in our Likeness.”

A quick look at the dictionary brings such an obscure concept into a little more focus. Being made in the Image of the Trinity, the Imago Dei, means to share a physical resemblance, a “visual representation; to strongly resemble.” There is something of our form that is found in His.

Fashioned in the likeness of the Imago Dei, indicates “having qualities in common”, a “community or resemblance” in regards to our essence, or our personality.

Let that sink in...

You were created by God, for God, in the Image of God, and in the Traits of God.

In your rawest state, in a place far deeper than what you see, you take after your Heavenly Father, the Creator of all you see—the Creator of you. It is sin that marred that Image making it hard to recognize on most days. But still it remains. And out of what remains comes great purpose. Out of what remains, comes your purpose.

Simply put: there is a reason you are here.

There is a reason God placed you on Planet Earth, the one place in our Solar System suited to your survival and your growth.

You were created to have a place here. So God placed you into humanity, on purpose and with a purpose. The God who uses order to bring about the best in chaos, spoke you into existence, willed you to have a place in HIStory, in the race that blankets us all: humanity.

No mistakes. No oops. On purpose. With purpose. For a purpose. That’s you, reflecting and resembling your Father. And it glorifies Him.

You were made to reflect the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. You were fashioned to be in community with the Triune God, the Imago Dei. You were designed to create, to distribute His authority over all the earth, to spread His Kingdom over the whole of creation. To do something new, to place your creative spin on creation, something meant only for you to do, as you reflect Him in your humanity.

There is a reason you are here.

There is a reason you exist on this sod, in November 2018. Not a hundred years ago, but now, in the present moment.

“And who knows but that you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this and for this very occasion?” Esther 4:14

You were created to honor a space here.

All of your days were numbered before one of them came to be, and those days are now. And they will slip through your fingers like the sands of an hourglass if you do not seize them and yield them to Jesus. He must breathe the Breath of Life into your present days. These moments are to reflect days like those Jesus was present for on this earth; filled with redemption and restoration.

Back to our dictionary we go and we will see that redeem means, “to buy back; win back; free from captivity”, to “help overcome”. As the Savior did on the last night of His life on earth, we must remember where we are from, and where we are going so we too can show those in our present the full extent of His love by serving them.

“...God has sent me to give them a beautiful crown in exchange for ashes. To anoint them with gladness instead of sorrow, to wrap them in victory, joy, and praise instead of depression and sadness....They stand to the glory of the Eternal who planted them. “ ~Isaiah 61:3

We must use these present moments to lead others to restoration with their Creator. To restore means, “to put again in possession of something, to bring back to former or original state.”

We’ve been given the authority to lead others back to their original state of reflecting the Imago Dei by leading them back to the One to Whom they belong.

There is a reason you are here.

He has left a legacy for us to steward in creation. He has left a legacy for us to steward in our present moment. And He has left a legacy to guide our future—His Holy Spirit.

God never leaves us as orphans; as those with no family ties, no hope, no legacy. He never leaves, never forsakes. He has left a legacy of love, a legacy of redemption, and a legacy of truth—truth that always points back to Him.

You were created to propagate here.

Created to spread out, to affect a great number, to increase. You were created to leave a legacy that points back to the Imago Dei.

“Then God blessed them and gave them this directive: ‘Be fruitful and multiply. Populate the earth. I make you trustees of My estate, so care for My creation and rule over the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that roams across the earth.’” Genesis 1:28

That legacy is to bear fruit, lots of it. It was purposed to multiply and populate.

You are made a trustee of His estate: created to have a place, to honor a space, one that propagates, for His Renown.

So care for it. Take it seriously. Believe what the Truth of the Imago Dei says about you. Internalize it. Digest it. Ruminate over it. Live it.

In this place. In your space. Increase and reflect the image and likeness of God, to His Glory and for His Name.

Because, there is a reason you are here.