No doubt, you’ve seen the famous sculpture of King David created by the artist Michelangelo. Just in case you haven’t here’s a picture:
It’s widely considered to be one of the most remarkable sculptures ever. Even today, 500 years after it was first sculpted, it is still consider a masterpiece with no equal. Legend has it that after the work was completed in 1504 many people would ask Michelangelo, “how in the world did you ever do this?”
And Michelangelo would say something like, “Oh, it wasn’t all that difficult. I ran across this huge stone in the quarry. And I saw David in it. So, I had the stone brought back to my studio and month after month, I very carefully—chipped away everything that wasn’t David.”
I like to think that it is the same way with our relationship with God. I’ve heard it said that Genesis 1:27 is one of the most important verses in the bible, and it speaks to this idea from Michelangelo, it reads,
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."
The implications of this verse are huge. Much like Michelangelo and his statue of King David, God has created us in God’s image and is slowly chipping away at all that isn’t truly us.
We all lump on a variety of different things to our being. We try to be popular, we try and fit in, we try and like the things we are supposed to like and often times it leaves us totally confused about who we are and what we're supposed to be doing with this life. But this wasn’t God’s intent! We are created in the image of God! And that means that God desires for us to discover the people that we were truly created to be.
By building a relationship with God we allow God to chip away at all the stuff that is not a part of our true being.
Pastor and author Rob Bell puts it this way: “Your job is the relentless pursuit of who God made you to be.”
God has a purpose and identity for each and every one of us and it might take some chipping away, but through God's love and grace we can all begin to discover the Imagine of God that lives within ourselves and one another.
May we pursue our true being, and allow God to chip away at everything else that gets in the way. Amen.