One of the most amazing truths that a person can know is that they are made in the image of God. This beautiful reality shows us just how special we are to God and reminds us that we were created to be His children. God’s unique, creative, and personal creation of human beings, detailed in the Genesis account, is not only an remarkable testament of His great love for us, but it is also prompts us to live as reflections of God’s goodness, love, and glory. Personally, I believe that God has called me to serve Him through a ministry of writing. It is my desire to become an author, writing books in the genres of Christian fiction and devotionals. In this ministry and vocation it is absolutely crucial that I remember the truth that we are all made in God’s image. I must show this belief not only in the ways that I interact with others, but also in how I write. Above all, I want my stories of faith to serve as examples of God’s love to my readers, and I pray that my writing ministry will always bring glory to God.
Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (NIV). No other creature was made in God’s image other than mankind—His creation of us in this way was personal and purposeful. We bear God’s likeness and that is a huge gift, blessing, and responsibility. It does not mean that we are perfect. We are still sinful and fallen humans, but as Christians we are saved by God’s amazing grace. Knowing that we are made in God’s likeness, chosen to be His image bearers, we should feel compelled to represent God well and show His love to others in all that we say and do. By shinning God’s light into the darkness of this world through our actions, words, and ultimately our lives, others are able to see Jesus in us and may come to know Him as their personal savior too. Though we are created in God’s image, we must be willing to live in such a way that honors God and allows His light to shine through, revealing that image in us.
As a Christian author it is my hope to write stories that reflect Biblical truths. For example, in one of my stories the characters face various trials that test their faith, but they learn to trust God despite the storms they encounter in their lives. One Biblical passage that I kept in mind while writing this story is Proverbs 3:5-6 which says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (NIV). This is one of my favorite passages of Scripture, and I feel that it is an important truth for people to know. Though the story I wrote is fictional, the truth of the message it conveys is very real and applicable to the lives of my readers. The characters I create can demonstrate how one can truly reflect God’s image in their lives or what life inevitably looks like when one is not walking in God’s light and bearing His image in a way that honors Him. Writing stories that show characters trusting God, showing His love, and forgiving other people are effective examples of how we can bear Gods image in real life.
Jesus often used a kind of storytelling known as parables to convey important Biblical messages. For example, in Luke 15 Jesus tells the parable of the prodigal son, a story of a father’s love that reminds us not only of our Heavenly Father’s unconditional love for us, but teaches us that we should also show love to others even when they do not deserve it. The father in the story bears God’s image and likeness and is a representation of how God will always welcome His children home even when they run away. His love never fails, ends, runs out, or gives up on us, and His mercies are new each morning. In the same way, as God’s image bearers, we are to be loving and forgiving to those around us. The parable of the prodigal son is especially dear to my heart because I have lived a version of this story in my own life. Growing up with a prodigal sister, I have learned what it means to love someone and pray for them even when they rebel and run away. Despite all the hurt I feel as a result of my sister’s wayward choices and absence in life, I know that in a heart beat I would welcome her back home with open arms and celebrate her return. I hope to write a book about my experience and show how God has worked in my life. It has strengthened my faith and drawn my family closer together and most importantly, closer to God through this storm.
As a Christian, it is my ultimate goal that my life will be a testimony of God working through me for His glory and showing His love to others. I believe this is important because 1 Corinthians 10:31 commands us, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” (NIV). Also, in 1 Corinthians 13:1 it says, “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal” (NIV). In all I say and do, I want to point others back to Jesus. I want to represent God well by bearing His image and reflecting His light. As a Christian author, I pray my writing ministry will be fruitful, helping others to realize that like the characters in my books, they can always count on God and trust in Him no matter what they may be going through in their lives. I believe that faith based entertainment is a great way to convey messages like this to a wide audience. Christian fiction books can remind people of God’s love, grace, and mercy. A good story is memorable, and audiences can relate to the characters and scenarios. With this in mind, I want to write in a way that will help readers to remember the true Biblical messages and themes within my stories and be able to apply them to their own lives. I believe that a book that tells a story of faith can be more than just entertainment, it can be a ministry tool. I hope to create stories that show my readers God’s love and teach them how they can walk in His light as the image bearers of God that they were created to be. Through my writing, it is my ultimate desire to glorify God. We are all created in God’s image, and He has given each of us unique gifts that we should use for His purpose and His ministry.