Time For God: June 11

Focus: Genesis 5:1:
In the day that God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.
“He looks just like his father!” The baby boy was barely a day old, yet the family likeness was undeniable. As their family grew in size, his parents delighted in discovering how each of their children bore some striking resemblance to previous generations—even down to their mannerisms, speech patterns, and movements. They wore the family badge for all to see.

On our walk in the park today our seven-year old grandson took great delight in recognizing the different birds gathered at the large pond. He pointed to the still and elegant form of the Heron as it moved seamlessly through the water toward an unwary fish. The noisy Mallards scurried and quacked across the water dipping their bills, cleaning their nostrils, and guarding their fluffy ducklings. He identified crows and a lonely seagull, recognizing each by its unique features.  
One duck we did not see today is called the Indian Runner. Originating in Indonesia, it has some characteristics that distinguish it from the Mallards on that pond. It stands upright—fully 30 inches tall—a trait that earns it the nickname of Penguin Duck. It does not fly. It is skittish around people unless handled from birth. A prodigious egg-layer, it is sometimes crossed with a Mallard to make it meaty enough to eat. It is so distinctive that, once seen, it is rarely forgotten.  

God places his image—imago Dei—within each human being. What can it mean to be made in God’s image? First, God presents His love to the world through His broken people in distinct and unforgettable ways. Mother Teresa found Christ in all whom she met. Next, the family resemblance of people within God’s family speaks of His continuing redemptive care; it is for every nation, tribe, and tongue. All may access the Savior’s forgiveness, cleansing, and hope. Trusting Him, we grow more like Him in whom we find our identity, character, and purpose.

God calls us His sheep; we are to follow the Shepherd of our souls. We are sheep among wolves. The enemy of our souls tempts us to act as wolves among sheep. We need Christ’s daily love and fresh forgiveness. The Holy Spirit anoints us so that others may discern God’s love in us.

In what ways is God forming you to be more like Jesus? How can you share His love, today?

Love in our thinking, love in our speaking,/Love in our doing, and love in the hidden places of our souls;/Love of our neighbors near and far;/Love of our friends, old and new;/Love of those with whom we find it hard to bear,/And love of those who find it hard to bear with us;/Love of those with whom we work,/And love of those with whom we take our ease;/Love in Joy, love in sorrow;/Love in life and love in death;/That so at length we may be worthy to dwell with thee,/ Who art eternal love.
William Temple 1881-1944
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