I am Made in the Image of God!

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Jan. 19, 2018
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Made in the Image of God!

When people learn that most quadriplegics cannot bathe or toilet themselves, feed or dress themselves, they are quick to think, What a poor quality of life! But if people judge life-value by one’s autonomy, or abilities, or degree of suffering, they are missing the real purpose for living. God made us in His image, and that fact alone gives us true human dignity and a reason to exist: no matter what our abilities or disabilities, we are to be God-reflectors, we are to showcase in whose image we are made. And if God's glory shines brightest through our weakness – which it does – then our inabilities become the best platform for God's highest glory. That makes for a great quality of life! All because our life is sanctified by His image.

It’s why as a quadriplegic, I need to discipline myself to rehearse whose image I bear. Yes, my body may be broken, but I am a God-reflector. I mirror a God who was pleased to make me in His image (Genesis 1:27). Friend, that is what gives me human dignity. Not my ability to walk or use my hands, or toilet myself or cut my own food. No; my dignity is rooted in Christ in me, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). And it’s the message I’m sharing this week at the Evangelicals for Life Conference in Washington, D.C. along with other Christian leaders—like my friend and coworker, Dr. Chris Ralston, Manager of Public Policy at our Christian Institute on Disability. It’s a message of life, hope, and truth.

Because in this day and age, we are too quick to fall into the lie that it’s beneath our dignity to be weak and helpless, or that you are better off dead than disabled. Oh friend, now is the time for us to be a voice for life… for the unborn, the elderly, the disabled, the medically fragile, and the vulnerable. Because ALL people are created in the image of God. So, it’s not too late to join us. Just visit the Evangelicals for Life 2018 website to watch the conference free and learn how you can be a voice for life!

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