You are a “word” of God! Every human being is a word that God speaks into existence. Paul makes a profound statement in Ephesians 1:4 (paraphrased): “God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and blameless before God in love.” It seems that Paul is taking us back to Genesis 1: “God said . . . and there was . . .” It takes us back to the primal Word of God by which all creation was “spoken forth” into being. But Paul takes us even further. He says that we are a word of God “spoken forth” even before the foundation of the world.
—M. Robert Mulholland Jr., Shaped by the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation, Anniversary Edition (Upper Room Books, 2023)
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Then God said, “Let us make humanity in our image to resemble us so that they may take charge of the fish of the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and all the crawling things on earth.”
—Genesis 1:26 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Help us, O God, to let you do whatever you want to do in our lives. Help us to say yes to you at the center of our being. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
—M. Robert Mulholland Jr., Shaped by the Word
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