So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them, Genesis 1:27.
Don’t insult the Artist.
You were made in the image of God. Meaning there is a part of you that represents who He is and His creativity. I love painting. I love every painting I have done, even the one’s with imperfections. I would not make a good professional artist because I don’t like to part with my creations. If I ever give you one, you know it’s true love. God not only painted you.
He created you after His likeness. You are a physical manifestation of who He is. You are. Meaning, when you put yourself down, you are insulting the One who made you. You are insulting the One who you were created to be like. When you put others down, you are insulting the One who made them.
We are not God, but we are His image bearers. This is why insults hurled at us hurt so deep. You were created to be loved, cherished, adored, and amazing.
You are amazing. Say it with me, “I am amazing!” It is not pride to acknowledge the great things God has done in making you. It is pride when we believe we are responsible for being great and amazing. We are only great because we are made in His image.
So, my challenge for you this week, this year, for our lives is to stop insulting the Artist. To stop insulting ourselves and others. Self deprecation is not humility, it’s a subtle form of pride. It’s saying, “God makes junk and my opinion is more valuable than His.” The enemy works diligently to convince us we are not who God says we are. He is a liar.
God never has and never will make junk. Even when we feel less than beautiful (handsome), stellar, and amazing, God says the following…
You are beautiful (handsome)
You are chosen
You are special
You are significant
You are valued
You are intelligent
You have a lot to offer the world
You are a gift to the world
You are a treasure
You are My (God’s) delight
You are a light in a dark world
You have immeasurable value
You are gifted and talented
You can do things that no one else can, because you were born with a divine purpose
You are a world changer
You are made in My (God’s) image
You are creative
You have the mind of Christ
You can do great and mighty things!
You are more than a conqueror
You are victorious
You are the apple of My (God’s) eye
You have a great call on your life
You can do ALL things through Christ who gives you strength
You are My (God’s) friend
You make the world a better place
You are making a difference
You will always be loved; today, every day, and forever with an everlasting love!
Have a blessed and wonderful week. God loves you. You are deeply loved.