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Today’s Truth

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Genesis 1:27

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Let’s rewind humanity’s story way back to the beginning. “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.’ … So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:26–27, ESV).

My brain doesn’t know what to do with this. I don’t know how to process this mystery. His image displayed in my life. How can that be? How can there be such a compelling connection between God’s heart and my humanity? Especially when I know me. I know that on my best, most holy day, I don’t come close to being imago Dei, the image of God.

Even so, the Bible says that I am made in God’s image (v. 27), and that Jesus is the “radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Heb. 1:3 ESV). As followers of Jesus, you and I get to share in the glory of God and reflect His nature as well. The apostle Paul wrote it this way:

And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV)

When I think about what it means to leave God’s imprint on the world, I’m reminded of the signet ring my mother used to wear. When I was a little girl, I loved looking at my mom’s hands. Her fingers were elegant, long, and slender. On her left hand she wore a simple gold wedding band that was eight millimeters thick. No diamond, just the band. And on her right hand, she wore a gold signet ring she got when she was eighteen. I always wanted a wedding ring and a signet ring just like hers.

The signet ring had a monogram of her surname: A for Adams, not E for Eisaman (her married name). The ring seemed to be a bridge of sorts that connected who she was to who she is. I loved that. Loved that my mom’s two hands wore two symbols that rep- resented the spectrum of her identity. She grew up an Adams and will always be an Adams. She married an Eisaman and became an Eisaman. Her signet ring left me with an impression that echoed the importance of her identity.

I did some research and learned about the following parallels between signet rings and what it means to be God’s imprint:

  • Signet rings were used for a purpose: to authenticate a letter or message. Christ followers are used to bring God glory as we authenticate the hope of Christ to the world. Jesus said, “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:8).
  • Signet rings were used to leave an imprint, a distinct impression that validated that the message being delivered was genuine. Jesus kicked it up a few notches for His followers by telling us that our love for one another authenticates our faith. He was talking to His disciples when He said, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34–35).

Do you see? You and I are signets for the King of Kings. We are to bear evidence of the message of His hope—no matter what compromising assignment our bosses give us, no matter what carrot of temptation is dangled before us, no matter what argument that person tries to bait us into, no matter what lions’ dens we might be thrown into. We’re called to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander” (1 Pet. 3:15–16).

To fulfill our purpose as image bearers, we need to be an imprint. We also need to “rep the house” well. What does that mean? We’ll cover that in part two.

Let’s Pray

Lord Jesus, Thank You for making me in Your image, for always remembering me and for engraving my name on the palms of Your hands. Would You help me to be Your image bearer today?

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Daniel 6.

Did you see it? How did the king seal the stone that was placed over the mouth of the den? (Hint: verse 17)

How was Daniel an image bearer of the one true God in this encounter?

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4 Responses to “Leaving an Imprint – Part One”

  1. Melinda says:

    I absolutely love “Girlfriends in God”. I start every morning with you and a cup of coffee. The only thing I would want to change is to have you on the weekends also. This devotional is an amazing blessing to me. I have sent it to my friends and will keep telling everyone about you. Thank you for using the gift God has given you.
    Melinda Beliveau

  2. Seda Vash says:

    Wow…What a topic to meditate on as we wake up every morning–to remind ourselves of the great responsibilities that we have and the biggest one is to remember that we are to be His witnesses and that means to love one another and guide and bring others to Christ by how we live our lives every day. Just as you said, we must live with the purposes on leaving an imprint of who we are in Christ. Thank you for your beautiful devotions, Gwen!

    Blessings,

    Seda Vash

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