“God has made humans to reflect Him, but if they do not commit themselves to Him, they will not reflect Him but something else in creation. At the core of our being we are imaging creatures. It is not possible to be neutral on this issue: we either reflect the Creator or something in creation.” Greg Beale
We are God’s masterpieces! We are created in His image and are designed to reflect Him and bring glory and honor to His name.
It is so easy, however, to let other things in life hold a higher value than God. If God is not constantly magnified in our lives, we can begin to lose sight of all he has done. God has blessed us all so immensely and instead of purely thanking God for those blessings, we can start to focus on the blessings and make those the ultimate instead of God himself. We are created with the desire to worship something/someone, but we have to choose what/who.
“And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles…They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.” Romans 1:23-25
We are not the only people to struggle with keeping our focus on God and not just what he can give us. Paul revealed to the Romans that they struggled with this as well. The truth is, we all have a God-sized hole in our hearts and if we don’t fill it with Him, we will naturally search to fill it with something else…money, possessions, relationships, fame, addictions, etc.
When we look to things of this world or even the blessings of God to fill the “identity hole” in our lives, we stop reflecting God.
So maybe today you are feeling unfulfilled. Maybe today you are having an identity crisis and are left, at the end of the day, feeling empty. It might be time to ask yourself who or what you are filling that God-sized hole up with? What takes up most of your attention and time? What are your pursuits? What would your bank account say is most important to you?
Answering these questions will give you a good idea of what truly is most important to you. Everyday we have a choice to either keep God in the center of our lives or allow temporal substitutes creep in.
Keep God first. It will help everything else make sense.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33