It is time to proclaim a new radical minimum standard for the work that God wants to do in our lives. Jesus Christâ€™s life, death, and resurrection make it possible for his followers to live as the people whom he created each of us to be. The work of God in our lives involves a profound renewal of our own humanityâ€”the humanity of Godâ€™s dreams crafted in Godâ€™s own image. This is announced in Genesis 1:26-31. God forged us in His image so that we would connect others to God by reflecting Godâ€™s character in our lives while relating to one another in authentic and genuine community.
The imprint of Godâ€™s image calls out to us with the need for authentic humanity. The Scriptures can guide us to discover our true selves. God alone can do the work in us required to recreate and renew us.
St. Augustine recognized this process in his spiritual autobiography, The Confessions:
You are great, O Lord, and greatly to be praised. Great is your power, and your wisdom is infinite. And man would praise you; man, who is but a small particle of your creation; yes, man, though he carries with him his mortality, the evidence of his sin, the evidence that you resist the proud; yet man, but a particle of your creation would praise you.
You awake us to delight in your praise; for you made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you. (The Confession of St. Augustine: Modern English Version by Hal McElwaine Helms, p. 1)
What do you think?
Â© 2007 Brian D. Russell