So shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven (Jesus).
1 Corinthians 15:49 (NIV)
Every award-winning quilt starts with a great design and a carefully executed pattern. The finished product depends on carefully following directions. You wouldn’t take a quick look at the pattern pieces and toss them aside. A beginning quilter wouldn’t tackle a complicated pattern. The experienced quilter considers every aspect of the task and determines the final cost of the project in time, money, and skill level.
Consider Amish quilters, the plain folk, who use hand stitching throughout the whole project. A single quilt can take hundreds of hours to complete, taking a practiced eye and hand, focus, clear thinking, patience, and long-suffering for the long view. It doesn’t happen in a day.
The book of Genesis tells us we are made in the image of God. We are not little gods, but we are patterned after Him . . . made in His image. That doesn’t mean we look like Him; rather, we will have His characteristics. As we walk in faith, we grow to be like Him. 1 Corinthians reads, “So shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven (Jesus).”
God uses Jesus as our pattern for living. Therefore, look to Jesus and keep your eyes fixed on Him. As you study God’s word, obey what it tells you. Change those things that don’t reflect His image and character. Let your mind be renewed, and your actions mirror those of Christ.
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by Gayle Ottemiller
Gayle C. Ottemiller has published magazine articles, poetry, and devotions. Her work appears on Christian Devotions and in several compilation books. Her book of poetry and photography, Faith Lifts: When Life Lets You Down, was published in 2010. Gayle has an MS in guidance and counseling and is retired after working twenty-eight years with developmentally disabled adults. Find her on Facebook and LinkedIn. Visit her at gayleottemiller.com.