when you have an image to maintain
I was in the midst of a concert crowd and in worship. The lyrics Darryl Evans sang prompted my confession to God that all I wanted was Him, and He has all of me.
No I don’t.
I was not expecting a reply, especially that one, so I proceeded to ask the Father what I need to surrender.
I don’t have your image.
More confession followed…
Perhaps you would not consider me rude for asking very bluntly,
Who is your image-maker?
The difference between maintaining an image of your making and being made in the image of Christ is the PRODUCER.
To maintain your own image, YOU are the one required to produce. You’re constantly focused on measuring up to some ideal. In this continual state of striving, there are consequences. The body, soul and spirit are out of sync with the Creator, and the warning signals are there. The self image- maker finds himself in a vicious cycle of highs and lows, always seeking a quick fix to keep the image in tact.
To be made in the image of Christ is to release all expectations and answer GOD’S call to an unlimited life in JESUS. Here, the child of God experiences unconditional love (not performance-based love), total acceptance, freedom to be who she was created to be, joy of serving others without expectation of return, and overriding peace! Peace when she awakes, peace on the journey, and even in the storm. REST is the expectation for those who look to GOD, because we know strife ended when we accepted that Jesus’ death and resurrection redeemed us from the curse of producing for ourselves.
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1).
Friend, I pray that you always choose freedom. You don’t have to live up to some image that the world projects on you, your corporation demands of you, the church expects of you, or your mind creates for you. You are free when you choose to be identified with Jesus. So lay down your old self, but don’t take up the task of making yourself new. Be transformed through the renewing of your mind (Rom. 12:2). Open the Bible and ask God to reveal Himself to you. HE will make you into the likeness of His Glorious Son, Jesus Christ.
Gone are the days of putting on a show
Covering the shame I didn’t want them to know
I wasn’t as good as I pretended to be;
It was theater, a mask, a parody.
Here I am found at the end of myself
Nothing to hide, and it’s time that I dealt
With my need for true identity,
For a faithful Father to love and guide me.
New is the step in my light-hearted gait;
New is the song to Him who is great.
New is this place of complete serenity,
New is my identity.
I am my beloved’s and He is mine (Song of Solomon 6:3).