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I was pondering how amazing it is that God chose to make us “in his own image.” (Genesis 1:27 ESV) Then I thought about how he commands people so strongly not to make an image of him, really not to make an image at all.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.  You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God…” (Exodus 20:4-5a ESV)

I think he wants to reserve the privilege of making an image of Himself for himself. He wants us “to be conformed to the image of his son.” (Romans 8:29) I picture God the great sculptor, lovingly working on us to make us a beautiful image of His Son.

Now, this all sounds lovely, until we realize he has to push the material of the sculpture this way and that and take off pieces here and there and perhaps add pieces here and there. The process will involve high heats. This starts to sound pretty uncomfortable! Through the Holy Spirit, sometimes we cry out to God for help to change, but I know I often would rather stay as I am. I feel comfortable and don’t relish the difficult process of change. However, I love to realize that Our Father God is right there with us.  In the midst of things that feel uncomfortable, he has not abandoned us. He brings difficulty, trouble, adversity, and challenge to mold us into something beyond the form we are in. He originally made us in his image. We chose to walk away from that. He longs to restore us. As we humble ourselves and bow to him, not to some other image (of what we want Him to be), He lovingly works to form us into what He originally intended.  It doesn’t happen overnight.  No work of art is completed so quickly.  He is patient, working with us, though our material may be resistant.

Lord, help us to be pliable under your hand, willing to be molded into your image.

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