Genesis 1: 27 (The Message) God spoke, “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature.”
God is like this giant puzzle. It has 500 pieces like the ones that take us hours to put together. But in this case imagine that 500 piece puzzle being more like 500,000 pieces. To where we could never figure out where each piece fits. And we can’t see the full picture. Now take each of us. Were more like a 100 piece puzzle. (Have I confused you yet? It’ll make sense soon I promise.) Because God is so big and we are so small we could never be like God. We don’t physically have the capability to be like God. The only one to be like God was Jesus being fully God and fully man. So if God is this giant puzzle of an image and we are just a portion of that how does God choose what pieces to put in our puzzle.
Hebrews 2:16-18 (The Message) It’s obvious, of course, that he didn’t go to all this trouble for angels. It was for people like us, children of Abraham. That’s why he had to enter into every detail of human life. Then, when he came before God as high priest to get rid of the people’s sins, he would have already experienced it all himself – all the pain, all the testing – and would be able to help where help was needed.
If God can see all couldn’t he see your life ahead of you? Couldn’t he see the trials you’re going to go through and what battles will be your hardest? What if he gave you the pieces of the puzzle you needed most. What if he gave you certain pieces to thrive on and help others thrive through him. What if he gave you strengths like empathy, strong-faith, patience, communication, discipline, being a leader, harmony, includer, positivity, relator, or a learner. We spend so much time looking at these like a curse when we should be looking at as a blessing. We look at these things like weakness’. We think empathy hurts to much when you take on the pain of others. Or we think that when we try to harmonize with people we start spreading ourselves to thin in relationships trying to please everyone. Maybe when your so positive you miss the realistic way of life that stares you in the face. If we were able to have all of these strengths and balance them we wouldn’t be human. But doesn’t it make life a bit easier knowing that Jesus had these strengths? That we have little pieces of God within us. (See I told you it would make sense soon.) That maybe instead of looking at these pieces like weakness’ we should be treating them as a God-given gift to bless the world. You have a piece of Jesus! It has to blow your mind like it blew mine when I realized this! I believe this is what was meant when God said, “We were made in his image.” Maybe this big puzzle when split doesn’t look like much. That when the big 500,000 number is split into 100 each it’s a bit blurry. You can’t know the picture of the puzzle if you only have 100 pieces. But when put together you start to see the vision. So maybe God meant for his people to work together and not apart.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (The Message) It’s better to have a partner than to go it alone. Share the work, share the wealth. And if one falls down, the other helps, But if there’s no one to help, tough! Two in a bed warm each other. Alone, you shiver all night. Be yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.
So maybe now you can view yourself a bit more differently. We can be leaders like he led the apostles! Or maybe we can feel the emotions of others around us like Jesus could feel those who had faith! Maybe we were given the gift of intelligence like Jesus when he spoke to the men at the temple at the age of 12 and they were blown away by his knowledge! Gather together and use your gifts together to bless the world! So now go and take pride in the gifts God has blessed you with. Find peace in knowing that you have been given a little piece of Jesus.