There is something in each and every one of us that was placed there long before conception. Genesis tells us that God formed mankind in His image. The Gospel of John says that everything that was ever made was made in and through the Word (Jesus, not the Bible).
I believe we all carry a piece of God in us – His very essence lies dormant within human beings! The Apostle John also tells us in his first epistle (although, I’ve heard teaching that it wasn’t written first) that God is love. We were designed to look like Him, not on the outside, on the inside. We are to reflect His image through our words and deeds.
That’s what Jesus did. Hebrews even goes as far as to say that He was the “exact representation of his being”. Many scriptures tell us that His Spirit dwells within us, that we are His children, that we have put off our old selves and put on the “new man” (Jesus), it even tells us that we have the mind of Christ.
I honestly think that one of the greatest things that we are to do on a daily basis is simply to recognize this spark in others and respond to it appropriately. There is no higher calling on our lives than to see Jesus in the average Joe… Matthew 25 gives caution to those who do not do so.
Jesus gives such weight to this, He even goes so far as to institute the one Commandment of the New Covenant – “love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.”
The spark in us is there to help insure that we find our way back to the One who placed it there. When God breathed life into Adam, He gave him the ability to recognize and respond to Him. When we hear the truth of the finished work of Christ, the Gospel of the Kingdom, the life-giving sound of the Word Himself, that spark turns into a flame.
Now, all that being said, the most tragic thing, the harshest disservice we can do to our fellow earthlings, is to deny that spark (and its validity) within them. This spark is more than a feeling or thought lying deep within our beings. It is what we are to bring to the surface, how we are to show the world who we really are. And, consequently, showing the world who God is.
On the surface, we are thieves, rapists, and murders, but on the inside, at our core, we are full of potential light, life, and love. It is this that we need to recognize and respond to in every person we meet. It is that spark that we are to care for and foster the growth of. Identifying the external is easy, but seeing the divine within, not so much.
Look deeper. Find the spark. Fan the flame.