December 16, 2014

Read: Genesis 1:26-27

I recently got a new iPhone.  It has the capability to do all kinds of things - take videos, keep up with exercise/diet progress, stream movies, play music, etc.  Unfortunately, my particular phone does nothing but text, call, email, and keep my calendar.  Why is that you may wonder?  Did I get an old model or one that’s defective?  No, I just haven’t learned how to use any but the basic features!  I’m lazy, overwhelmed by technology, and just generally uninterested in exploring the phone’s potential.  

Sadly, many of us live our lives in the same way that my phone functions.  We never reach our potential.  Of course, we have innate potential - God gave it to us.  ”So God created man in his own image...”  (Genesis 1:27).  He drives that point home three times in Genesis 1 alone!  It’s up to us to tap into that potential.  Why don’t we?  Same reasons I don’t stream movies or order plane tickets with my phone.  We may be lazy, overwhelmed by life, and generally uninterested in becoming more.  We’ve been provided with the manual and the Spirit by which to live; we just don’t always avail ourselves of these opportunities.

This week, take a look in the mirror.  Are you living “in His image,” or below what you were intended to be?

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God to help you be a faithful steward of your time, talents, possessions, and relationships. Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you have.  Intercede for your local, state, and national governments.  Pray for spiritual revival in the nation and offer prayers regarding any current events and concerns.