In your Father’s image

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.-Gen 1:26-27

Four times.Four times, in two verses of the Bible,it is mentioned that we are God’s creation. Four times.We were not only created, but we were created in “His Likeness” .We were created with a purpose.Our purpose was to rule over every other living organism For God.

How often do we go to the Ministry of Home Affairs for a Birth certificate or identity document and are given these documents with a pre-planned instruction? Never. How often do we walk into a new school or a new job knowing exactly what purpose and what role we are to take during our time there? Never.

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”-Jeremiah 29:11


Even before  the famous scripture in Jeremiah (29:11) had the Lord already made known His purpose for our lives.The story of Jeremiah was just a reminder. He had a vision for what He wanted mankind to be and a blueprint for how we should live.

Why then do we not fulfill the purpose for which we were created?

Firstly because we do not live like we are God’s special creation. No other verse in the Bible emphasizes the creation of all the other organisms like the creation of human beings. Four times God mentions how he created us. Four times He reminded us that we are His special creation.Four times…yet we do not believe that we are His special creation and because of that Four times we deny God. If we do not honor the creator we will never be able to live up to the potential  with which we were created.

Secondly ,because we deny the magnificence and miracle of creation we are unable to grasp what it truly means to be created in His likeness. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines Likeness as a copy, portrait,semblance or further explains Likeness as the quality or state of being like something or someone.It is important to grasp the power within that statement.To be created in the likeness of God means to be a “carbon copy ” of God.It means that we were not only created in His image,but we were created  with His character,with His persona, with His quality and most of all with His ability. We are mirror images of God on this earth.We were created just below the angels.

It is because of this reason why we find  that we don’t progress physically or Spiritually.We don’t know the power that lies within us and therefore we are unable to recognise and use that power.We are equipped,yet we have know idea how to use even the most basic tools.

So today…sit back,reflect and ask yourself where you would have been if you just BELIEVED.





Before a young woman’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics.” Esther 2:12 (NIV)

This morning I read a particularly interesting peace from one of my daily devotions.The devotion shared more about our fragrance or our essence as people.It shared on the type of fragrance we give off around the people around us, the fragrance we give off when we worship God and lastly the type  of fragrance you share together with God.Is the fragrance pleasant or not?

When I read this devotion it immediately reminded me about Queen Esther and the ritual involving fragrant oils and perfume that she had to immerse herself in for 12 months before entering the King’s chambers. This ritual was part of her preparation to become Queen.

Upon reflection on this verse i realized that this particular piece of scripture is not necessarily  just about beauty and cosmetics,its based on character. I have been told so many times before that i have a calming effect on people around me ,especially some of my friends(they can be pretty wild).At other times I am told that i am easy to talk and have a trusting presence.After a while I came to realize that this is the fragrance I give off to the world.It is a fragrance that invites and engulfs the restless,broken and down-hearted to just sit a while with me and allow God to touch them through me.Its a wonder feeling to realize that God has bestowed that kind of gift upon my life and use it wisely.

A gift however,is freely bestowed upon us by God.What about the fragrances that we have to work for?The type of fragrance that needs to be pressed out of us and then needs to be nurtured so that it has a long-term effect. What about the 12 month fragrance…the fragrance of holiness?

As we have read earlier in the scriptures we understand that Esther had to bathe in oils and perfumes daily for 12 months before she came before the King for the first time.By the time that she engaged with the King face-to-face she had already adopted the smell of that beautiful fragrance.It became a part of who she was.I choose to believe that even after she married the King, she continued with the ritual for two reasons.Firstly that the fragrance was pleasing to the King and secondly because it became her second nature.

In the same manner we have to bathe in Holiness on a daily basis so that our fragrance may be pleasing to the King of Kings.It needs to become a culture, a ritual , a way of life for us,if we want to become His bride one day.

So remember the next time that your Pastor asks you to live a Holy Life,that it is not just a request,but an instruction from the Most High.