The Father’s Joy: Made In His Image
“Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives.
That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original.”
Galatians 5:25, 26 MSG
“Each of us is an original.” God created each of us…uniquely. Not one of us is exactly like another. My DNA is not your DNA. We are each “you-nique”.
I need to give thanks for the uniqueness in each of us. Instead of comparing you to me…I read in Psalm 139, “how fearfully and wonderfully made” we are. Just like me, but uniquely you!
So my focus isn’t to compare you to me, but to appreciate the way God formed you. That way I won’t think I am better than you or you are better than me. I will have a healthy response to God’s marvelous creation…YOU and ME!
All kinds of people uniquely made in His image. After all, Paul reminds us, that we have “far more interesting things to do with our lives” than to sit and compare ourselves with each other.
So how then shall we live? By the Spirit. We have made a choice. We have decided to follow Jesus. That means the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in each of us…not just so we can say He lives in us and “I am a Christian” but He makes a real difference in the WAY we live. Every detail of our lives is controlled by the Spirit.
Then and only then will “you stop comparing yourself with each other as if one of us is better and the other worse”. So live by the Spirit and you will experience God’s strength. He has far more interesting things for us to do!