October 21 Esight, 2007

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness.”—Genesis 1:26What is God like and what does it mean to have been made originally in His image? Godliness is God-like-ness but what is God like? In short, “God is Love” (John 3:16). We were once made in the image of this love, but something happened. “Selfishness took the place of Love,” Deception, the place of Faith, and Lies, the place of Truth (E.G. White, Steps to Christ p. 17). Today, we stand in need of having our pictures of God and what He is like corrected. We have believed so many lies, and these lies themselves prevent us from being able to reach outside of ourselves and live for anything other than self-centered pursuits. But must we settle for the unsatisfying experience of a life centered only on ourselves? Isn’t there something greater to live for than just “what’s in it for us?” Can we truly ever be restored to the image of God’s other-centered love in which we were once made? The answer is an unequivocal yes. But we will never “be able to love others by trying to love others”(E.G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons p. 384). Our bent toward ourselves is based upon lies we have believed concerning God. Therefore the only hope of experiencing conversion from self-centeredness to other-centeredness is through having the Father “explained” to us once again (John 1:18). Only the truth can “set us free” (John 8:32). Only love can awaken love in us once again (E.G. White, Desire of Ages p.22 ) We desperately need a revelation outside of ourselves of God’s extravagant love to turn our hearts outward once more. Thus, we will love again “because He first loved us” (1 John 4:19). It was to manifest this love that the God of this universe died for you, dear reader, that having died for you, you might “no longer live for yourself,” but be restored to the other-centeredness we once enjoyed (2 Corinthians 5:14,15). Do you want to be different? Do you long for change in your life dear reader? This week, take some time to try to learn something new, something deeper concerning God’s great love for you. Open God’s word and allow Him to unfold for you fresh revelations of how much He cares. Love is from Him, and only by His love can love be awakened in you and the image of God’s love in which we were once created be “perfectly reproduced” in us again (1 John 4:7, E.G White, Christ’s Object Lessons p. 69). The theme of God’s love for us will be our science and song throughout eternity (E.G. White, Steps to Christ p. 88). It will be our constant study, our engulfing theme, the purpose of our being. Why not let that eternity begin for you today?