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What It Means to be a Godly Father

So I missed the boat on posting this by Father’s Day, and you’ve probably already read a ton of blog posts on this topic because last Sunday was Father’s Day, but guess what? It’s important to remember these guidelines year-round; not just on Father’s Day. Wouldn’t you agree?!

Anyway, bare with me and read along on a redundant topic, but one that is well-worth the attention.

What does it mean to be a Godly Father?

I’m sure when asked we would all say things like “going to church” and “praying for our families.” But it is so much more than that.

In a society full of darkness and a culture where it is deemed “the norm” to have single mother households, we need the men of this world to step up, take responsibility, and be the anchor their family so desperately needs.

Just to State Some Facts:

According to the 2014 U.S. Census, 23.6% of U.S. children (17.4 million) lived in father-absent homes. Of those children, the ones living in female-headed homes with no spouse present had a poverty rate of 47.6%. This is over four times the rate for children living in the homes of married couple families. Families need fathers. Mothers need additional moral, financial, and physical support. Children need their fathers too. Did you know adolescents from father-absent homes were 3.5 times more likely to experience pregnancy by the age of nineteen than were adolescents from father-present homes. Moreover, the rate of pregnancy among adolescents from father-absent homes was 17.4% compared to only a 4% percent rate in the general adolescent population. There are plenty of additional statistics out there that are available to research further and the numbers do not lie. Fathers are SO important to a family.

What Does the Bible Say about being a Godly Father?

God has designed fathers to be the leader in their marriage and in their household. 1 Corinthians 11:3 says “But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ; the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” This establishes the order of authority within the home and sets boundaries for your children to follow as well.

As a child growing up in the South, my house was riddled with old country sayings like “Waste not, want not” and “Do as I say; not as I do.” But children have to see a Godly example in their fathers (Matthew 23:3). Children learn by example so the only way to teach them is to show them through your words and actions.

Children view their fathers are leaders and follow their example. They need somewhere to root their identity (Deuteronomy 6:6-8). In this passage, the Lord tells fathers to pass down the word of God through the next generations so their family’s identity will be centered in the Lord.

Paul teaches in 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 that men who are lazy and refuse to work should not be allowed to eat. You have to be able to provide for yourself and your family.

Most fathers want what is best for their children, but in many cases, your children will take a different path than the one you would have chosen for them. They may not have the profession you would like for them to have, they may not think college is their next step post-high school, they may not ever have children, or whatever else you think they may need to do, but they are living their life and you must love your child unconditionally as Christ has loved you. Do you think you have always stayed on the path your Heavenly Father wanted you to be on (or your earthly father for that matter)? We all stray and we all have different ways of doing things, but a father’s love is SO very important. Think back to the story of the prodigal son. When the son returned, the father did not judge the son or force him to earn back his favor, love, and approval. He simply embraced him and threw a celebratory party for him (Luke 15:20-24). Why? Because he was his son and he loved him despite all that had happened.

You must love the mother of your children as much as you love yourself (Ephesians 5:25-29). Showing your children you love their mother, whether it be through grand gestures, or simple nuances, you are teaching your sons how they should treat their wives and teaching your daughters how their future husbands should treat them. You are setting the bar for the kind of person your child will end up with later in life. Do not take this responsibility lightly.

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go, Even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Ephesians 6:4 echoes the Proverbs passage, saying, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” It is not good enough just to make children go to church, say their prayers, and learn Bible verses. Those things ought to be part of the training process; however, we don’t come to know Jesus or grow in Him simply by going through the motions of “church” or “religion” or whatever you want to call it. The issue as a father is teaching a child to love the Lord as they model their own love for Him.

In order to show your children Christ through your words and actions, you first have to spend time with them. Be involved in their lives. Take time out of your day to read with them, play with them, ask them questions, etc. Giving your child your time demonstrates your love for them. Ephesians 5:1-2 says, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”

Another important one that is very controversial among parents everywhere is disciplining your children. Even our heavenly father disciplines those sons whom He loves (Hebrews 12:6), and the fact that a father is willing to discipline his children demonstrates love. Young children need to know their boundaries as it makes them feel secure. As kids grow older, they must see that they don’t run the home and that Biblical principles will be followed in the home. Discipline reinforces these realities through imposing consequences. But it must be evident to the children when they are being disciplined that the father’s love for them has not changed. Discipline is never aligned with wrath because it is kindness that leads to repentance (Romans 2:4). Discipline is simply another expression of love (Deuteronomy 8:1-6, Hebrews 12:6).

So to sum it up, a Godly Father should love God, love others, teach their children the right ways in Christ, work hard in everything he does, discipline his children when they do wrong, and love them always-despite their wrongdoings. In doing so, you will be a great example of a Godly Father to your kids. Know that no one is perfect. You will stumble. You will lose your temper. You will say a cuss word when you drop something on your toe. You will do wrong, but through the wrong, know how to show your kids how to correct the wrong (i.e. ask them for forgiveness when you lose your temper or ask them to pray with you when you are having a rough day, etc.). Use everything as a teaching moment to bring your kids closer in their walk with Christ.

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The Bible Journaling Movement: What is Your Opinion?

So as an artistic individual, I have seen many of my Facebook friends or bloggers I follow join the “Bible Journaling Movement” and have been intrigued by the phenomenon. I have heard a lot of controversy on the issue in my personal life; mostly by the baby boomer generation. They feel like “doodling” in your Bible, the most sacred book in the world, is disrespectful. But is it disrespectful? Is it wrong to join “the movement?”

To see what it was about for myself, I bought a journaling Bible. I had been watching my friends post their creations for weeks and was falling in love with the idea. I like to get creative with things and so one night, after gathering up my colored pencils and a little courage, I decided to take the leap and drew my first creation in my Bible.

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I found the whole experience to be awesome. Do you want to know why? Because not only was I “doodling” in my Bible, but I was reading a passage, meditating on it, thinking about how it applies to my life, and then creating an image that depicted what that passage means to me.

I feel like this new “movement” is an EXCELLENT way to get young people interested in the word. It allows them to express themselves, and yet, learn their Bible. If you’re a visual person like me, it also allows you to visually view what you just read and will more readily be able to regurgitate that information because I will see the picture in my head and know “Psalms 147:4 talks about how amazing God is and that he knows impossible-to-know things like how many stars are in the night sky.”

What is your opinion on Bible Journaling? Are you for or against “the movement?” Why?

Check out these other amazing journals I have come across:

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Why We Should Control Our Temper

I am very prone to anger. I have a quick temper. My children probably cause this side of me to come out the most. They really know how to push my buttons. When they do this, I’m not going to lie, many times I overreact. In the past I have said things I shouldn’t have said…I think most of us can agree we’ve done that in a fit of anger. If I were to name my #1 fault that I needed to work on-it would be controlling my temper.

God doesn’t want us to be angry. In fact, if we give in to our nature and allow anger to take over, it can cause us to distance ourselves from God and cause eternal damnation.

When you get angry, what’s the first thing that happens? If you’re anything like me, you say, do, or think something mean and hurtful that is completely unnecessary.

The Bible says that “the tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21). So by being mean and saying hurtful things, even if just in a moment of anger, we can speak words of life and death. We can hurt someone physically, mentally, and spiritually. So why not control our tempers, our attitudes, and therefore, our words so that every word that is spoken from our lips is edifying to others and not harmful. Everything we say and do should glorify God.

Lord, I pray that you help me get rid of all of the anger in my life. Help me to learn to look to you in moments when I feel angered and give me a peaceful spirit that allows me to remain calm and go about the situation in a way that glorifies You.

Things to Remember:
“Be kind to unkind people-they need it the most.” -Anonymous
“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” -Unknown
“The one that angers you controls you. Don’t give anyone that power-especially the one who does it intentionally.” -Anonymous
“Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else-you are the one who gets burned.”-Buddhist Principle

James 1:19-20

“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,  for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”

Proverbs 29:11

“A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”

Psalm 37:8-9

“Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil.  For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.”

Colossians 3:8

“But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”

God Commands Us to Love One Another & To Forgive

An enemy is anyone who has taken a personal interest in harming someone.  Although it isn’t always easy, in fact, I guess it’s probably never easy…we are commanded by God to love our enemies.

Jesus, himself, said “You have heard it said ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:43-45

You may be asking yourself WHY???

The first reason I believe we should love our enemies is because holding on to anger and grudges will allow us to be overcome with evil. [See previous blog post on this topic here: https://proverbsmomma.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/how-to-control-your-temper/%5D

“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” James 1:19-20

The second reason we should love our enemies is because in doing so, our enemy loses. The reason someone decides to do something malicious to someone else is to get a reaction out of them. If you get angry when they do something to harm you, you are letting them have control of you. By keeping your cool and praying for them despite their evildoing, you are not only being a great example for Christ, but you are also allowing God to take care of the situation, rather than putting it in your hands and prolonging the problem.

“Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:19-21

The third, and probably the most important, reason we should love our enemies is because it is what Jesus would do.

Even when the people of His time mocked Him, beat Him, drove nails through His hands and feet, pierced his flesh with thorns and a spear, in the end He shouted out to God and said “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

He did not hold malice in His heart towards the people. He prayed to God for his enemies. During his time on this earth, He ministered to the lowest of the low. He did not care about social status, wealth, profession, etc. He ministered to everyone and did so with a willing spirit because God was working through Him.

Do you remember those W.W.J.D. bracelets that were immensely popular in the 90’s and early 2000’s? Maybe it was just because of the circle of people I hung out with, or maybe because I live in the Bible belt (Georgia), but everyone used to wear those. I used to wear multiple bracelets at a time in different colors (because if I remember correctly, each color was supposed to represent something). Why don’t people LITERALLY wear Jesus on their sleeves anymore? We SHOULD! They are a great reminder to think and act like Christ.

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Additional Verses of Reference:

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” Colossians 3:13 NLT

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

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Keep Your Eyes on the Future; Not on Your Past

If you have children in your household, or maybe even if you don’t, I’m sure you’re aware of the “Frozen” takeover-and I’m not talking about the weather…My son, daughter, & all of their friends are mildly obsessed with the new Disney film and with it’s lovable characters, new-ish storyline, and incredibly catchy songs, it’s no wonder.

When I began “researching” and studying this topic, the lyrics to the film’s most notable song, “Let It Go,” kept popping into my head.

For the very few of you who don’t already know the lyrics, I’ll post the specific ones I’m speaking about below:

“It’s funny how some distance makes everything seem small and the fears that once controlled me, can’t get to me at all…I’m never going back; the past is in the past.”

I know this all seems a bit off topic, but visuals tend to help me picture things better in my brain. I am a very visual learner.

Distancing yourself from your old life (before Christ) allows you to gain a better perspective and know that you are where you should be to better yourself. And as I spoke about in yesterday’s post about being courageous, if we give our whole heart to God, cast our old desires away, and pursue His will for our life, we will have courage in all that we do because we have nothing to fear. [See post on being courageous here: https://proverbsmomma.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/being-courageous/%5D.

In the animated film, on the lyric “I’m never going back, the past is in the past,” Queen Elsa takes off the crown that is binding her to her old life and throws it as far as she can. She casts off her “old self” to pursue her new life.

Colossians 3:1-17 says:

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

God doesn’t want us dwelling on the past. We should be constantly growing and moving forward. We need to keep our eyes and thoughts on Him always and our actions will follow. If we are constantly looking to the past, we will miss what He is doing in our lives currently and won’t see the blessings that are forthcoming.

Philippians 3:12-14 “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”

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Being Courageous

“Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying ‘I will try again tomorrow.'”
-Mary Anne Radmacher

Take that in for a moment…

Many of us have an idea of what courage is, but don’t know the extent of courage or how to show it in our own lives.

Webster’s Dictionary defines courage as “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without fear.”

The word “courage” comes from the Middle English word “corage.” The Latin prefix cor- means “of the heart.” So courage is a condition of the heart. So possessing courage must start with the heart.

When I first read the definition, the “without fear” part astounded me. When facing someone difficult, it is very hard to not be afraid to any extent. But when Jesus lives in our hearts and guides our lives, we all have the ability to show courage. If we put our whole trust in Him and remove any and all of our earthly desires and tendencies, we will be courageous as we pursue God’s plan for our lives.

Colossians 3:1-10 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”

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What does the Bible say about tattoos?

Many people use Revelation 19:16 and conclude that Jesus had a tattoo therefore it’s okay to have tattoos today. But there’s more to take into consideration when using this verse as a reference point:

  1. This verse is coming from a vision John had. He saw Jesus riding from Heaven on a white horse and the passage includes a very detailed description of how Jesus looks including “On His robe and on His thigh He has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” Because it was seen in a vision, does that make it 100% accurate? Does that mean that will be exactly, to the “t” what happens in real life or is it a metaphorical vision to help people understand what is happening or going to happen? Revelation is full of symbolism which is used to paint a picture.
  2. Jesus is Jewish. The Jewish Law states “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:28. Jesus was obedient to the Mosaic Law and as Matthew 5:17 says “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them, but to fulfill them.”

If you look at this selection of text though, the entire chapter is about differentiating God’s chosen people, the Israelites, from those around them with their pagan rituals and sorcery and not necessarily giving them specific laws for their lives.

Look at verses 26 & 27 for example. “Do not trim off the hair on your temples or trim your beards.” How many Christians do you know that shave their heads and beards?

I know many tattooed people who say we are no longer under Old Testament law as seen in the following verses:

Romans 10:4 “For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”

Galatians 3:23-25 “Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.”

As seen above, this is true. But if it was important enough in their time to make it a law once before, it is definitely something to cause someone to take a second look at in their own life.

I, personally, have nothing against tattoos. I know many people who find them offensive or ask the question “why?” I ask that question too when I see something random like a random cartoon character, a leopard print pattern, or a tribal neck tattoo, but sometimes I think tattoos can be tasteful. I think it needs to be of something that is super important to you though because you will have it embedded in your skin for the rest of your life.

With that in mind, 1 Corinthians 10:31 says “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

So if the ink you are permanently injecting into your skin brings glory to God, and you wouldn’t be ashamed for your pastor to see it during church one Sunday, go for it.

When thinking of getting a tattoo, ask yourself these questions:

What are my motives for wanting a tattoo? Am I seeking to glorify God or draw attention to myself? Will my tattoo be a source of contention for my loved ones? Will getting a tattoo cause me to disobey my parents? Will my tattoo cause someone who is weak in the faith to stumble?

Instead of asking, “Is it okay for a Christian to get a tattoo,” perhaps a better question might be, “Is it okay for ME to get a tattoo?”

Music Monday-“If We Are the Body” by Casting Crowns

I’m implementing a new “regular” segment called “Music Mondays.” Every Monday, I will post popular song lyrics in the Christian community and will tell of their Biblical importance and specifically, their meaning in my life.

I don’t know how long this segment will continue, but let me know what you guys think and maybe I’ll keep it up for a while.

Today’s featured song is “If We are the Body” by Casting Crowns

I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while because it kept coming up in my life. Let me explain…our church just went through the experience of hiring a new pastor. During the hiring process, we had several guest speakers at our church. For two Sundays in a row, two different pastors came and each preached on the body of Christ. What are the odds?! Of all the scriptures they could have preached on, they both touched on the same topic.

Here are the lyrics to “If We are the Body” by Casting Crowns

“It’s crowded in worship today As she slips in trying to fade into the faces The girls’ teasing laughter is carrying farther than they know Farther than they know

But if we are the body Why aren’t His arms reaching? Why aren’t His hands healing? Why aren’t His words teaching? And if we are the body Why aren’t His feet going? Why is His love not showing them there is a way? There is a way.

A traveler is far away from home. He sheds his coat and quietly sinks into the back row. The weight of their judgmental glances Tells him that his chances are better out on the road.

But if we are the body, Why aren’t His arms reaching? Why aren’t His hands healing? Why aren’t His words teaching? And if we are the body, Why aren’t His feet going? Why is His love not showing them there is a way? There is a way.

Jesus paid much too high a price For us to pick and choose who should come. And we are the body of Christ.

But if we are the body, Why aren’t His arms reaching? Why aren’t His hands healing? Why aren’t His words teaching? And if we are the body, Why aren’t His feet going? Why is His love not showing them there is a way? There is a way. Jesus is the way.”

See a music video with lyrics here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4wojcSO9Ww

As the body of Christ, we are called to be His hands and His feet. We are His mouth. We are His arms. We are his entire body. We are to speak His words. We are to help others with our hands. We are to come to others with out-stretched arms and hug and comfort those around us. We are to use our feet to walk on His path and tell others about Him all across the world.

Many of us become complacent in our Christianity. We accept Jesus into our lives and ask Him to live in our hearts, but never change the way we live. It is a lifestyle change. We have to change once we accept Christ because if we truly accept Him, he will change EVERYTHING about us. We are now free, we are a new creation, we are His, we are redeemed from our sins, and we are called to do His will. Many forget this step, but it’s the most important part of the process. Man cannot get into Heaven on good deeds alone, but accepting Christ wholeheartedly changes you and allows you to be whole. You are more than the person you once were. You are now complete, in Him and through Him.

My challenge to you this new year-FULLY commit to God.

Use your hands to help someone else. Use your words to encourage others. Use your feet to bless someone else. Be Christ-like.

What Does the Bible Say About Me?

What Does the Bible Say About Me?

The Bible talks specifically to followers of Christ with instructions, stories & parables, and verses of encouragement, love, strength, and hope.

Putting aside whether or not the reader of the Word is a Christian, the Word lays out exactly what we, as people, are in the eyes of God.

We are God’s children

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith” (Galatians 3:26)

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— (John 1:12)

He is our comforter, our protector, and the one who loves us more than anyone/anything else. Doesn’t that sound like a parental love? God is our Heavenly father. As such, we are His children. The children of the most high. We are princes and princesses to our Father, The King. Think about that!

We are forgiven by the blood of Jesus

 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

Christ was tormented, and tortured, and stabbed, and mocked, and bled, and died for our sins. He endured so much pain and still, through it all, He thought of you. While his hands were pierced with nails, He thought of you. When He was stabbed, and spit upon, and a crown of thorns was driven through His scalp, He thought of you.

We are one of God’s works of art

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10)

God made us with His own two hands. Have you ever thought about that?

Jeremiah 29:11 says “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’”

We can’t even to begin to fathom how much God loves us. He sent His ONLY son to die so that we may live. As a parent, I can’t imagine sacrificing my children, even if it were to help others. His gift to us is eternal life with Him in Heaven. We can’t have a gift any more amazing than that!

We are created in the image of God

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:22-24)

Not only are we God’s children, but like children, we are made in our Father’s image. I think it’s so cool to imagine how God might look. We will only truly know when we get to Heaven. Will He look like a human? Will we even be able to gaze upon Him or will he be a big, glowing being? Who knows?! The possibilities are endless and our imaginations can run wild with this, but we are made in his likeness.

We are the salt of the earth.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. (Matthew 5:13)

This means we are called to preserve the people of God and spread His word to everyone. We are to stay in Christ-reading His word and following His laws for our lives so we remain “salty.”

We are the light of the world.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”  (Matthew 5:14)

This means we are called to share Christ with everyone and show Him through our words and actions.

We are a branch of the true vine and a conduit for Christ

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”  (John 15:1-5)

This means we should, again, show Christ in all we do and use our bodies and words for His glory. The imagery here is beautiful. God is the gardener who grows and nurtures and cultivates the vine (us). If you are no longer fruitful and helping show Christ, He will cut you off and prune the vine so that others can grow. If you remain in Christ, you will continue to grow and mature in the Lord.

We are redeemed

“for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24)

By dying on the cross, Christ paid the ransom of our sin (“the wages of sin is death”-Romans 6:23) and has allowed us to live freely through Him. See my post on being redeemed here: https://proverbsmomma.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/redeemed-by-big-daddy-weave-lyrics-their-meaning-in-my-life/?preview=true

Can you think of any more verses in the Bible that describe who we are?