The Image That Changed the World

All people are created in God's Image, with unique opportunities and responsibility

All people are created in God’s Image, with unique opportunities and responsibility

Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over…all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.

 

We’re created in His image. We can:

-Create
-Relate with God
-Work
-Thrive

Those we serve on Short-Term Missions (STM’s) are also created in His image. They can:

-Create
-Relate with God
-Work
-Thrive

At that church in a the very hot developing world town named after a “Frying Pan,” our team cleared the ground, prepared the soil and planted seeds (by ourselves) we would never see grow. We robbed the harvesters of an opportunity to take ownership in the garden they at least had requested. They had worked with us on other projects, but not their garden.

I love people and while on STM’s have often said with kindness, “Oh no! Let me do this for you!” Opening doors for elders is fine, but I should let people plant gardens on their property, share stories from their lives at the community center or work with the team to clean a neighborhood.

Smiles and love without allowing opportunity to create, relate to God, work and thrive rob people of dignity and purpose. It robs me of impact.

What does this mean for STM? Often, the best action I can take is to “impolitely” allow others to do work God created them to do, while serving with them as a partner, knowing they’re created for such things.

Who has given you opportunity? What has it meant to you?

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