Created as a child of God!

What do potato chips, Coke, popsicles, mauve, pacemakers, post-its and slinkies all have in common? They were invented accidently!

Potato chips were invented by a cook who was irritated at a customer who consistently returned his French fries to be cooked longer. Out of his irritation came the potato chip.

  • Coke should have been a cure for a headache.
  • Popsicles were invented by an 11 year old trying to make his own soft drink with water and flavored powders. Accidently his mix was left outside over night with temperatures dropping below freezing, the popsicle was invented.
  • Mauve was a science experiment by an 18 year old chemist gone wrong but he noticed the color was quite appealing and synthetics were born.
  • The pacemaker was someone’s wiring mistake.
  • Post-its should have been low tack tape.
  • And slinkies came to be when a mechanic dropped a spring.

Random items that were mistakes turned good and they changed the world. Just imagine what people thought of the first paper clip. Perhaps, “What is that for?” Or what about those who thought the invention of the car wash was a waste of time. Why would anyone want to pay to have his or her car washed?

Even though many of the things we use everyday were a complete and total accident, God did not create the world or you by accident. He had a plan and purpose for every minute, tiny, minuscule part.

Genesis 5:1-2 says, “When God created man, he made him in the image of God. He created them male and female and blessed them.” You were created in the image of God! Of all the millions of creations on the planet, people are the only creation that God created in His image with a heart, soul and mind.

You were created to be a child of God! And the good news is, our ability to serve Him has nothing to do with the family that raised us but it has everything to do with the God that created us. To believe or think anything else is a non-truth that leads to the death of our ability to serve.

Just think about it.

  • The serpent told Eve a non-truth, “You are good but you could be better if….” That non-truth killed her ability to stay in the garden and serve in perfect peace.
  • The prodigal son thought a non-truth, “Life would be so much better if…” That non-truth took him to places no one of his economic status should have been.
  • For me, “You don’t come from a Christian family, how can you be good enough to do anything?” That non-truth could have kept me from being a missionary.

But for those who followed the truth of what it means to be a child of God…they soared.

  • Esther
  • Ruth
  • Deborah
  • Noah
  • Peter
  • Paul
  • and the list goes on.

This group of servants, like Enoch in Genesis 5, made a decision to walk with God; To fellowship with God; To worship God; To be obedient to His call on their lives; To glorify God; To tell others about God; To live out the very reason they were created

You see, to be created in His image, to display His likeness to others, looks a bit like this:

I – imitate His character (Col. 3:10, “and put on the new self which is being renewed

in knowledge in the image of its creator.” NIV)

M – magnify Him (Psalm 34:3, “Oh magnify the Lord with me. Let us exalt His name

together. NAS)

A – adore Him (Psalm 22:22-24 Shout Hallelujah, you God-worshipers; give glory,

you sons of Jacob; adore him, you daughters of Israel. He has never let you

down, never looked the other way when you were being kicked around. He has

never wandered off to do his own thing; he has been right there, listening.

Psalm 45:10-12 “Now listen, daughter, don’t miss a word: forget your country,

put your home behind you. Be here—the king is wild for you. Since he’s your

lord, adore him.  The Message)

G – grow in His word (2 Tim. 2:15, “…a workman who does not need to be ashamed

and who correctly handles the word of truth.,

E – exalt His name (Phil. 1:20, “…but will have sufficient courage so that now as

always Christ will be exalted in my body…” NIV)

The next time you look in a mirror, remember you were created with purpose to be a child of God, created in His image, and loved beyond measure. All you have to do….”walk with God.”

Gayla Parker has served for over 30 years in ministry in various roles. This fall she will be joining the staff of Ouachita Baptist University teaching Women’s Ministry. She is the author of two books and a contributing writer for the revised The Devotional for Women coming this fall. She loves being in God’s Word, sharing Jesus, running, and spending time with family and friends.

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