Do you remember what you looked like when you were sixteen? If you are significantly older, you’ve probably forgotten unless you look at a picture.
All of us begin aging from the moment of conception. At first, this is a fantastic idea. We become bigger, stronger, and even develop a more capable intellect. But there does come that moment in life when aging catches up with us. What was once wonderful becomes discouraging.
From about midlife on, we become weaker on the outside, even if we are thriving on the inside. Physically we are dying even if spiritually we are better than ever (2 Corinthians 4:16).
God Never Forgets What You Look Like
God made us in His image (Genesis 1:27). Every human being retains that image, no matter their status before God. To be human is to bear the image of God. God’s image cannot be removed from our identity even when we are fallen, sinful, and God’s enemies. Even then we are still worth redeeming. (1)
Before we are born again, we are alienated from God. We lack the understanding of our true potential. We are so disfigured that we cannot consider our true identity. We see ourselves as though looking through a distorted mirror (1 Corinthians 13:12). It’s as if we are made from soft clay and our faces have been smeared and become unrecognizable.Before you are born again, you are lost, unable to reach God by your effort. But God always knows where to find you. More than that, you are disfigured, but God knows exactly who you are at all times (Ephesians 2:8-10). Click To Tweet
Recall yourself on your worst day, while you were still a sinner and in conflict with God. From God’s perspective, though your fallen nature is clear, He “remembers” who you really are. He knows your true design and highest potential. From your perspective, you are lost in sin and unable to see God’s perspective.
God Reminds You Who You Are
Despite that you are lost and disfigured, God hunts you down. The image of who you really
When He catches you and you accept His love, what a glorious day! He cares and begins both a cleanup and a clear-up process to help you see yourself as He sees you. The mirror in your head, your self-image, once hopelessly dirty, becomes clearer every day. (2)
Even though you are already saved, God still needs to constantly feed you reminders of who you really are. He is the keeper of your true identity.
God is calling you to your true self – to His original design and intentions. He saves you from complete destruction and then allows you to participate in pursuing and redeeming others.
Can you hear God calling you now? Can you sense Him waking you up?
Take a moment to thank God that He knows your identity and even when you feel lost, you don’t have to be anxious.
God is coming for you!