He made you to show the world more of him.
God made you for a special purpose. He made you to show the world more of him. And you can do it unlike any other person on earth can do it. You were made in God’s image. That isn’t supposed to be an end in itself, rather a beginning. In other words, you were made to image God. Read it like a verb, not a noun. Realizing that you were made to image forth God into this world, you have a whole new life to discover and explore. You have a new beginning and can leave behind past failures. Your job now is to shine forth God’s truth into the darkness around you. You are a priest, offering a radical gift to those in your life: forgiveness. Only the forgiveness that you offer does not come from self-sacrifices or from good deeds that humans have to do; the forgiveness that you offer comes from the sacrifice that Jesus made and the life of good deeds that he did for us. To be you, proclaim him.
If you don’t be the priest to those in your life, then who will? What are you waiting for? God has made you for this moment and he has gifted you for this time. Be the priest. There are no professionals when it comes to fulfilling your purpose. Your training has come from your trials, the dark moments of your own life when you were forced to walk with God and depend on Jesus. Your scars offer the surest source of hope to those around you. It’s said that Jesus didn’t hide his scars after he rose from the dead, so neither should you.
God didn’t completely heal Jesus’ scars until he showed them to those around him. Your scars are very useful to God. They give testimony to him. They bear the image of God the best. The face of Christ is found in our losses and our death. That is were he hides. That is your gift to the world and the place where you begin to fulfill your life’s purpose. Where are you bruised? Where have you been hurt? That is your ministry. Look no further.
Step into your scars and trudge out into this dark world and plant a flag for God. Claim the territory around you for him, letting every inhabitant know that love, forgiveness, and healing can be found. Oust the darkness with your beautiful, little life.
© Samuel Kee, 2011