“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control…” Often the church focuses on the “gifts of the Spirit” and the abilities to get tasks accomplished with giftedness and excellence over the “fruit of the Spirit” and the character and heart of God’s people. Are the gifts effective outside of the fruit? Why are we tempted in the church to favor gifts? How might this be connected to the original temptation of Adam/Eve? Let the image of Christ himself be formed in me. Amen.
“Yet, you have made them…crowned them with glory and honor…given them dominion over the works of your hands.” Echoes of Genesis 1:26-27 sound through the Psalmist. Not only is God mindful and caring toward humans, he actually calls them to share in his rule and purposes for all that he has made. What does this mean for us? How am I using my hands and my life for overseeing creation for God’s good purposes? May we be humble enough to serve; empowered to serve in Godly wisdom and power; for the Kingdom and the power and the glory. Amen.
“The God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion…” God, the Almighty and All-Powerful, decides to share his creation project with us. He calls us to help us “rule” all he has made and do so as those made in his image. What are the implications of God’s sharing his rule, for all of us who lead in our families, in our work places, in our churches, and all places? Is it easy for us to share power? Teach us your heart for leading Almighty and Loving God.
“Let us make humankind in our image…” Devotionals and sermons often reflect on “being made in God’s image” from the perspective of what that means for us as an individual. “I am made in God’s image,” and therefore am blessed and special. What if however, we began to see others as made in God’s image? What if we paused and looked for God’s image in everyone we met each day and gave honor to the God who created each one in his likeness? How might that change my leadership? – Let me see all people through your eyes Lord Jesus.