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by Phil Ware
One of the defining statements of our identity as human beings comes in the very first chapter of the Bible:
Then God said, Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves. They will be masters over all life the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the livestock, wild animals, and small animals.
Oftentimes, when our world is filled with painful realities that are too overwhelming for us to properly manage emotionally, we lose ourselves in insignificance. We feel a numbing powerlessness to impact world outcomes and a mocking frustration at our inability to make a difference in global events. If we are not careful, we soon spiral into fatalistic depression and lose our sense of purpose in our individual lives, thus robbing the smaller world in proximity to us of the influence God has called us to make.
Rather than hearing Jesus positively challenge us to be salt and light in a world of decay and darkness (cf. Matthew 5:13-16), we let our lives sink into futile sense of sameness. We get up and do the same basic routine, in the same basic way, week in and week out, ad nauseum, without purpose and without any sense of significance. Not only is such a life discouraging and depressing, it also is a waste.
God put his fingerprints on us from the moment of our conception. He has known us and personally fashioned each of us to make a difference in the world at our fingertips. He has a purpose for each of our lives and has put us in the place we find ourselves to help leave His divine fingerprints of grace on others. Listen to the words of David that are given to us to describe our relationship with God:
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
The God who raised up a Moses out of mothers decision to hide her son in the bulrushes is our God. The Sovereign LORD who used Esther to save her people is the same God who is at work in us. The Creator who helped a young man with a slingshot destroy the giant who mocked his God and his people is the Creator who is fashioning new things through us. The Jesus who stilled the storm and then used the fearful to change the world for centuries is the same Jesus who knows our hearts and intercedes for our needs in the throne room of heaven.
No matter where you find yourself today, no matter how you feel about yourself today, and no matter what is going on the world today, please remember this: Gods fingerprints are on you. He longs to use His power to work through you to make a difference in the world around you. And, if enough of us will live with passion with these convictions, God will use us to change the small world around us, and through our combined efforts, he will change the bigger world in which we live.
Thats not pie in the sky in the sweet by and by, but the track record of God who used Moses, Deborah, David, Esther, Daniel, Mary, Peter, Paul, and a host of others, to share His grace and to leave His fingerprints on our world.
Author: Phil Ware
Publication Date: May 5, 2003
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