January 6: Imaging = Impact

In our journey to understand Christ as our life we have been trying first to understand what life is. God is the creator of life and all life flows from him. To be alive is to image God. To be alive is to flow from God as the Source.

Genesis 1:1. In the beginning God…

God is the source of all life. Plant life. Animal life. Angelic life. Human life. He is life. The fact that we image God proves that we are not the source or goal of life…we are a reflection of true life.

Genesis 1:26. Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion…

One of the primary signs of life is dominion. Impact. Representative rule. We visibly represent the invisible God on the earth. As humans we have authority over creation. We are to impact all of creation for the good.

 

Psalm 8:5-6. Yet you have made man a little lower than the heavenly beings
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under his feet, 

To be alive is to have purpose. To be alive is to be a steward of all that God has made.

God has placed all that he has made under the authority of mankind. And the Man, Jesus, is the human under which all things in creation have been placed. Jesus came to restore this impact, dominion, and representative rule in us because we have messed it up so terribly with our sin. Therefore when we say that “to live is Christ,” or that we live from the indwelling life of Christ, a big part of this is impact or dominion.

Where do you see your life imaging God through impact? How does your union with Christ allow you to re-think your purpose in life?

 

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