L. A. Marzulli
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1: 26
Our Bibles tell us that we are made in the image and likeness of God. If I’m honest, I really don’t grasp all that implies. However, if this is true, and as a Christian I believe it is, then everyone I meet, no matter what they look like, fills the bill, as they are made in the image and likeness of God. This concept allows us to love everyone we meet—they will know you by the love you have one for another (JESUS) This love is called Agape.
As we go through life there are people we encounter, they bother us and sometimes this get us into the dangerous realm of judgment. For some of us it can be people who look different from us. It can be people who have tattoos, or long hair, or no hair, or fat, or thin, or tall, or short, or of a certain ethnicity. It doesn’t matter what it is that hangs us up, for when we go down this road, when we allow these thoughts to be unchecked, we are living in the kingdom of darkness, the kingdom of the enemy. We have crossed over into the kingdom of the Fallen One, who comes to rob, kill and destroy. These thoughts align with the fallen cherub and thus, we when engage them, when we allow them to enter in, we are living in his kingdom.
When we allow ourselves to begin to pick at others in our thought life, we are, in essence acting like the accuser of the brethren, which of course is the signature of The Fallen One.
I travel a lot and I’m actually writing Sunday’s Bun from 34,000 feet in the air! (Got to love modernity!) The next time you’re in an airport or a mall, go to the side and just watch the people go by. Begin to pray for each person you see. Sometimes there’s so many people you can’t possibly pray for them all, as they are all going somewhere.
This is a great exercise as we can just bless everyone who walks by. We can also listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit who may have a word for an individual. Everyone we see is made in the image and likeness of God. Everyone has value. Everyone has a destiny that has been created in them before they were their mother’s womb and most don’t even know what that is, as in many instances it has been hidden from the person by the Fallen One.
God loves each and every person walking by in the mall or at the airport, or train station. God loves everyone and does not want anyone to perish.
In closing todays Bun. When we look at people with disdain, contempt, or from a haughty attitude, we are living in the enemy’s camp. We are participating in the works of the devil. We are bound by our thoughts and held captive to them.
When we begin to pray over everyone we encounter, things change, the atmosphere changes, people respond and begin to talk to us about their lives without knowing why.
What we are showing is the love of the Messiah, Jesus, whose love transcends time itself. He will be with us even unto the end of the age.
We are admonished to love one another. When we begin to see everyone, know matter what they look like, as created in the image and likeness of God, everything changes and we are bringing the kingdom of heaven to earth.