January 9 – Imago Ego
Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.” LU K E 9 : 2 3
Self-image problems began the moment humans rejected the imago Dei (image of God). Insecurity, embarrassment, frustration, confusion, self hatred, shame, false thoughts, and self harm—none of these things were characteristics humans were ever supposed to experience. In the beginning God created us with confidence, joy, clarity, innocence, and love. We were created with all of the great attributes of God embedded within us. Instead of being people who represented God, we chose to be creatures who represented ourselves. And ever since we have suffered with our self-image. We stopped giving attention to God and we started focusing on ourselves instead. The result, of course, is a broken world—humans who are self-absorbed and self-destructive. Our world needs people who are brave enough to drop their ego and be re created by Jesus again in the very image of God.
Pray for the Day:
Lord Jesus, for the next twenty-four hours, help me take my attention off myself and place it on you. I give up my “self” so that you can use me to impact this world. Amen.