My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Sunday, January 1, 2012
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
(Genesis 1:27 NASB)
God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply,
and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and
over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the
(Genesis 1:28 NASB)
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
(Genesis 1:31 NASB)
Yesterday we talked about the big wedding party. Today we begin a
new year and go back to the beginning of the word of God. Here we
discover the creation story and specifically the creation of man; male
and female. They were created in God's very own image -- they were to
be a reflection of him. They were created in this way so that they
could be at the big wedding party. They were created to be the very
bride of God, himself. God was pleased with this beautiful creation and
he blessed them and said that this was very good! This whole story
from beginning to end is the story of an invitation -- an invitation to
God's creation to be united with him. From Genesis to Revelation he is
saying -- come!
It's New Year's Day -- and how will we respond to the invitation?
Those invitations have been going out for a long time and yet there are
still so many who have never even thought of responding. I know that I
tend to get a lot of invitations to weddings. To deal with them all I
put them on my desk in date order of the upcoming wedding. Then, I can
keep them in order and know when I'm supposed to respond and when I
should send something, etc. Sometimes I mess up and those RSVPs go out a
little late -- and I feel badly that I have not responded to the
invitation. The first question we have to ask ourselves is if we have
responded to the invitation.
The second question we have to ask is whether we are involved in the
invitation process. We are supposed to be sending out the invitations!
However, it seems that the longer we walk with Jesus Christ, the more
we go to church, the more we become insulated from the people of the
world that need the invitations. We discover that all of our friends
have invitations and so we stop looking for others that need the
invitations. Then we begin to say that it's just too hard to get to
those who might need and invitations. We don't have time, or my life
simply doesn't take me there. Here's a challenge for this New Year.
Don't fret over how you're going to get there -- let God help you in
that, but instead, begin by praying for those that need to come to
Christ. Ask God to help you identify five individuals who need him.
Make a list and begin to pray for them each and every single day. They
may live in your city, or far away, it doesn't matter. But I challenge
you to pray for five individuals that need him this year and see what
happens. Pray the invite their direction.
There really are no excuses for not being involved in the invitation
process. You may be able to invite someone physically, in person -- or
you may be able to through prayer, but everyone can be inviting those
who need to know the Bridegroom.
The party's ready. Don't forget the invites!
Lord, lead me to the names of those you want me to be praying for this year! Amen.