Point of Inspiration: Devotionals for Personal and Corporate Worship

Robert D. Pace

“Created in God’s image” humans have both consciousness and conscience—cognizance and discernment. And it’s imperative to regard both. Our consciousness provides awareness of life. It gathers knowledge and helps us interact with our surroundings. Over time, consciousness informs us of who we are and what our role in life is. Imbued with God’s image, it means we can manifest creativity, make choices, and willingly worship God. This is what makes humans the crowning creature of creation. But consciousness does not stand alone. Its best friend and twin is the conscience. The conscience is our built-in alarm that alerts of danger. It whispers; it speaks; it shouts! But while it speaks at every level, no one hears it but you. Without the conscience, humans would plunge into destructive areas. This is why the Apostle Paul instructed Christians with these words: “fight the battle well, (19) holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith” (1 Timothy 1:18—19). Remember, nobody but you can hear your conscience; so don’t ignore it! It’s your faithful twin that directs your consciousness.