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Image-Bearing Together
Theme of the Week: Your Work Matters
Thursday, September 14, 2017

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Key Bible Verse: We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

Dig Deeper: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18

Every single facet of what it means to be human is made to image God.

A person's capacity for logic and reason, an athlete's hand-eye coordination, a friend's ability to intuit things, the grace with which your daughter moves, your manager's high emotional quotient, a designer's way with color, an author's proficiency with words, the way architects can envision things before they are built, the way geneticists understand the inner workings of things, the way your mechanic loves to fix things, your neighbor's desire to serve behind the scenes, that teacher's ability to make the complex simple, that artist's yearning to create beauty, a disabled boy's ability to accept, a farmer's capacity to wait, an administrator's passion to put things in order, a mother's desire to bring life—all of these things image, in part, the God who made us.

God acts in all these ways, and when any of us do the same, we have an opportunity to simultaneously experience his presence built into us and surrounding us. There is a familiar knowing of God that can happen in the image-bearing process. As individuals we can know these image-bearing experiences only in part, because of sin and the fact that we've all been given different gifts. But collectively? Perhaps this is where we come closer to most fully bearing the image of God.

—John Van Sloten in Every Job a Parable

Adapted from Every Job a Parable ©2017 by John Van Sloten. Used by permission of NavPress. All rights reserved. Represented by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Prayer for the Week
God, open my eyes this week to see the ways you are speaking to me through my daily work.

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