Let’s take the concept of being created in God’s image one step further. As his “idol” or “ikon” (the Greek word for “image”), we were created not only to be a physical image of Him, but also the image of His character, values, and motivations.
First and foremost, he wants us to be just like Him. Philippians 2:13 says this: “For it is God who puts in you to will and act according to his good purpose.” 1 Corinthians 2:16 says “We have the mind of Christ.” And, in Romans 8:29 and 2 Corinthians 5:17, He conveys, better yet, that He is “recreating us in Christ.” Collectively, it’s as if He is saying: “Here’s a snapshot of me. I’m going to put my duplicate down here on Earth and I’m going to value that creation so much that I’m going to take care of its needs.”
If God’s first desire is for us to be just like Him, The second thing I believe He created us for is to fulfill His will and purpose. As Paul writes in 2 Thessalonians 1:11, “We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith.” Similar examples are found in Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 2:10, and 2 Corinthians 5:5. Father God, the architect of the universe said, “I have a purpose for you. I am taking a little piece of me, putting it down on Earth, and I’m giving you the unique characteristics to fulfill the very specific purpose and will I have for you in life. You are a piece of me. I want you to fulfill what I designed you for.”
The third and the last thing that God wants is for us to take the power that He has made available to us through the Holy Spirit and use it as He would, acting as His image or idol. And He wants us to make use of that power in the same way He would. This is pivotal in our spiritual development. Paul validates this in 1 Thessalonians 1:5 when he says: “the gospel came not simply in words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with deep conviction.”
But while God wants you to have the power to act as His image here on Earth, our enemy, Satan, wants exactly the opposite! In the second book of Timothy, it says that in the last days, people won’t have power, but will get sucked up into watered down or deviant beliefs, ideas, and concepts that are contrary to God’s will and plan. They will believe the lies told to them by others, and also the lies that come from inside their own heads.
That’s right: Satan is able to use our own thoughts to deceive us. We seem to forget daily that our thoughts are not facts. Just because you think something doesn’t make it real. And I assure you that some of the things Satan puts in our heads we have to fight. The mind is the battlefield, so we have to deal with it before it gets out of control. Day-in, day-out—that’s a reality that is not going to change.
I don’t know about you, but I can make something worse out of thoughts quicker than anybody I know. If my doctor calls me and says, “We have a little something on your report to talk about,” in less than 30 seconds, my mind goes to what funeral home I should call. I hope you aren’t like that, but many of us are. We believe the lies our thoughts tell us, or that Satan puts in our heads. One of the chief lies Satan tells us is that we are not who God says we are.
So remember, you are God’s image here on Earth! Instead of being at the mercy of Satan’s lies, we need to be God’s instruments of power, his idols here on Earth. We need to fulfill what is said of us in Psalm 8:4 – 6: “What is man that you are mindful of him. . . You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings . . . And . . . ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet.”