I was standing in line at the store the other day. There was an older woman standing at the cash register with one of the most befuddled looks on her face. The cashier asked if she wouldn’t mind going back to the aisle to get a price for an item; to which I chuckled because the woman was not going to move. The cashier decided to just call someone for help. During this moment, the man in front of me was starting get a bit red in the face, as I am sure, he was wanting this whole circumstance to be over. He then blurts out, “are you both kidding me? Ma’am can you please step aside so I can get my things checked through?” I was a bit taken back at the urgency from this guy and his response to this woman. What is seen so evident is the overwhelming response of self and the inconsiderate thought for someone else. This brings me to the point of the post today. All of the people involved in this ordeal were all created in the image of the Creator God.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1). This Scripture talks about the creativity of God. There was no forethought of what the creation should look like. God created everything, besides us, on earth with no previous creation in mind. However, when He created man, He made us in His image! Genesis 1:26 says, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” We were created with the unique privilege of carrying the image of our Creator, and in doing so, we are to reflect who He is as God! When it came to our creation, there was a discussion about it, a purpose to our formation and a pre-existing idea of the look. We were created in HIS IMAGE—We were created to be a mirror of our Creator! That means we should relate to each other as those who bear the image of our Creator God. This thought should weigh heavy in our daily walk and impact how we respond to everyday circumstances; yes even in the grocery store check out line.
However, because of our selfishness and self-worship, we can easily devalue God’s creation and beat down others with our condescending mentality or behavior. The book of James, in chapter 3, says it this way, “With it [Our Tongue] we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God.”
Think about the times you have quickly let your frustration reveal a heart of entitlement. For example, when you feel entitled to that free meal, since your order was wrong, or DUE that spot in traffic and no one should be allowed to squeeze in.
Listen, there is hope; the Lord provides the ability—only through Him—to tame the tongue. In Psalm 141:3, we can trust that the Lord will “set a guard over our mouths and keep watch over the door of our lips!” When we are “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger” we live out what is said in James 1:19 and that brings Him glory. When we go through life and see people for who they are, God’s creation, we acknowledge who He is as creator. We set aside our selfishness and pride and place God in His rightful place. We are able to love on the people in front of us at a register and see the opportunity to tell of the work of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Oh that we would be humbled as we display the glory of God and tell others about the Gospel.