Josh and Laura Porter are good friends of mine and members of Heartland. Josh is a Physician’s Assistant in Sports Medicine and Laura has a Masters Degree in Athletic Training. Josh and Laura are Independent Distributors of AdvoCare. Laura wrote this and I thought it would bless you as much as it did me.
Imago Dei.. Maybe you have heard it. Maybe this is the first time. It is inspired from this verse in Genesis.
“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
I’ll be honest.. For a long time this verse didn’t really hit home with me, until recently when I was listening to a teaching. It suddenly occurred to me that of all the creatures, animals, and living things on this earth.. He chose US to be in His image. Human kind is the crown jewel of ALL of God’s creation. Think about it.. That is a pretty amazing concept. And if we really get this, I mean REALLY get this..we will understand our value. If we understand Imago Dei than we will not treat ourselves cheaply.
What does this mean, exactly?
Well, I feel that it plays itself out in the 3 aspects or areas in our lives.
1. Mind. If we understand that we are made in the image of God, we will feed our mind. Now.. Coming from a girl who is blonder than I pay to be, I’m not saying we need to be scholars on all things. But it means that we read books, we stretch our perspectives and our brains by studying a topic, by learning about other saints who have gone before us (preferably dead), or by understanding new or different points of view on various subjects. It means we are continuously learning and using our minds!
2. Body. If we truly understand that we are made in the image of God, we will not treat ourselves cheaply. We value ourselves by putting the right nutrition in our bodies. We also want to move and work our bodies in order to get stronger and healthier. Not out of vanity, but because we need to be ready to do whatever God calls us to. We need to have adequate energy and a physical body that, by the grace of God, we can fulfill the calling that God has for us. This is why I’m passionate about nutrition.
3. Soul. This one is important. If we have struggles, such as addiction to food, lust, anger, or greed (just to name a few), these are like clogged arteries that we need to tend to and go to the Great Physician about. This is why we pray, study the Word, preach the gospel to ourselves and receive counsel… in order to deal with our junk and find healing for our souls.
Understanding Imago Dei doesn’t just help us understand our value, it helps us see others in their true light. We are freed up to love deeper the more we understand how we are loved. If we can get this.. If you can understand what it means that we are valued enough in our maker’s eyes to be made in His image, you will never look at yourself or others the same! We aren’t cheap, so let’s not treat ourselves that way!