Every single one of us is a very special unique individual. God made us all in His image so that when He looked at us, it would be as if He were looking in the mirror. In this series, we will examine five aspects of God’s I.M.A.G.E.
I ndividually unique
M oral mirror
A uthority to rule
G od’s friend
(1 John 3:2, 1 Corinthians 13:12, 2 Corinthians 3:1)
Today, we begin with “I,” Individually Unique, meaning you are one-of-a-kind and were created in a special way for a special reason.
Your “God image” is your spiritual diamond. It has the ability to reflect God’s glory back onto Him, but no glory in and of itself.
Think of a diamond. The reason is it so precious and beautiful is its ability to reflect light. A diamond has no light in and of itself; it needs external light to shine onto it. Your “God image” is your spiritual diamond. It has the ability to reflect God’s glory back onto Him, but no glory in and of itself. Your talents and abilities are not yours for your own benefit and glory. God gave them to you for the purpose of reflecting back His glory.
1. God gave us an ‘I Am Factor.’ Exodus 3:14
In Exodus 3 when the Jews are enslaved in Egypt, God calls Moses to deliver His people. Moses is perplexed and uncertain as to why he has been chosen:
But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that
I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” (Exodus 3:11-12)
The truth is that Moses is nobody on his own. He is special, as you are, not because of who he is, but Whose he is.
Moses then asks God who is sending him. What is the name of this God who calls him?
And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” (Exodus 3:14a)
What a powerful name God has! And He has chosen to create you in His image, which means He has given you some of His I-AM-ness! God has chosen you to be His ambassador over everything, standing above all of His creation, unique and special. You are even individually unique with a unique purpose among all humans.
2. Satan instigates the ‘I AM Imposter.’ Genesis 3:1-10, Matthew 4:1-11
The devil wants you to think you are a dispensable animal that evolved, to dumb you down and numb you to all the amazing qualities that humans possess as God’s image-bearers.
The devil tells a two-part lie (Genesis 3): that you can sin and get away with it, and that you can decide good and evil on your own. When you disregard what God says and make God what you want Him to be, you have put yourself in the place of God or remade God in your image. This is a very subtle concept, but very important. You are not made to be in God’s place, but to reflect Him and to be like Him.
God doesn’t want you to decide good and evil on your own. Your job instead is to listen to God and obey Him; He always knows more than you do! Changing what God says is called “sin;” it places you on His throne as an imposter.
3. Jesus represents the return of the I AM. John 8:56-59
While the devil desires to beat you down until you feel you are no good, a failure, and worthless, Jesus is the One who can return to you your I-AM-ness.
In John 8, Jesus is questioned about who He is and His position in regard to the honored Jewish forefather, Abraham. He not only admits He is above Abraham in authority, but reveals that He is God in the flesh:
Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
When you accept Christ as your Savior, He restores your uniqueness and empowers you to be the person He created you to be.
Jesus is called God’s “only begotten Son” (John 3:16), which means “unique one.” And just as Jesus is unique and set apart, so are you. When you accept Christ as your Savior, He restores your uniqueness and empowers you to be the person He created you to be. He shows you your purpose and gives you ears to hear and eyes to see His vision for your life. Now he is IN you so that you may have the courage and strength to be who you are meant to be, according to His design, not yours.
In Christ you are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and you are given:
- New purpose – Ephesians 2:10
- New ears – John 10:27
- New heart – Ezekiel 36:26
- New mind – 1 Corinthians 2:16
- Eyes to see – Revelation 3:18
- New name – Revelation 2:17
Will you allow Christ to have all of you so that He can make you into the person you were created to be? Otherwise, you’ll miss it because even if you understood your purpose, you wouldn’t have the power to fulfill it. It’s time to let go and start living His way!