We dedicated a bunch of kids yesterday at City Community Church. And we could’ve dedicated more. Lots more. I’m starting to think the Central Library Cafe is spiking the java with little tax deduction incentives.
If you dare to drink the water, don’t say you weren’t warned.
As my wife and I were prepping, talking, and praying about what this beautiful moment should look like within the context of our church’s weekly gathering, I couldn’t get a key verse of Scripture out of my mind:
So God created human beings[a] in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
Genesis 1:27 NLT
My good friend, mentor, and personal counselor, Jim Falk, will tell you (with deep conviction) that nearly every issue he deals with in his practice ties back in some way to this verse of Scripture. Sin breaks our connection to the Father. In our brokenness we embrace lies. In our deception we lose site of the foundational core of our identity.
At that point life always seems to get a little messy.
The truth? We were created as image bearers of God. Of God! You know, the Creator of the Universe. Formed. Fashioned. Knit-together. Known. Valued. Loved.
Our prayer for these beautiful children yesterday was really pretty simple:
Regardless of what life throws their way.
Regardless of their social hierarchy or socio-economic status.
Regardless of their insecurities.
Regardless of their successes or failures.
Regardless of their grades. Their looks. Their seat at the school lunch table.
Regardless of who their friends, pop culture, or even their own families convince them that they are.
That they will forever hear the sweet voice of the Father whispering (shouting!) that eternal reminder of their true identity: “You were created as an image bearer of God!”
My prayer for you and me today is no different. Let’s not forget who we are.