Day 5—January 10, 2019
The ones made in God’s image would rule over the earth and represent Him in personality and function.
IN THE BEGINNING, humankind was created in the image and likeness of God. Sin caused us to fall short of living in this measure of glory. This is one of the reasons Jesus came to the earth. He was on a mission to “seek and save” that which was lost. Yes, people were lost, but there was also a position that was lost because of the transaction that took place in the Garden. Humankind gave the keys of earthly authority over to the devil when Adam and Eve rebelled. When Jesus was tempted by the devil for forty days, one of the temptations involved the enemy offering Jesus the kingdoms of the world. Jesus did not refute the devil’s invitation, because authority over these earthly kingdoms was exchanged in Eden. According to Paul, the devil was the “god of this age” (see 2 Cor. 4:4). Yet, Jesus was on a mission to restore you to your originally created position. You were made in God’s image to represent His likeness and, yes, His rule over the earth. In fact, in representing God’s unique expression of authority, redeemed humanity is giving expression to the uniqueness of God’s nature. Remember, He rules in love and justice. He is completely good, entirely trustworthy, and eternally unchanging. The Sovereign King is also the Servant of All. As redemption has purchased us out of darkness and brought us back into a place of authority, it is necessary for us to model the example of the Redeemer. He was the only Man in history ever qualified to strip the devil of his tyranny over the nations. In turn, Jesus reclaimed the keys of authority from the enemy and has given them to you and to me.
Daily Scriptures: MATT. 16:19
PRAYER Jesus, thank You for giving me the keys of authority. I want to represent You well on the earth as I wield the authority You have given me to make disciples of all nations. Help me to understand both my position of authority and how to use it well.