In Genesis 1, we read a story that showcases the ultimate power of our God. If you have not had a chance to read the creation account in Genesis 1 recently, take the next opportunity you have to sit down and read how God, in his infinite power, created this world and all that is in it in a six-day span. My favorite part of Genesis 1 is found in verse 27. Scripture says, “so God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” In everything God created on this earth, the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, the earth’s vegetation, the sun, only one part of creation was done so “in his image.” In creating you and me, God chose to do so in his image. How amazing is that? As we reflect on being created in the image of God, let’s consider two questions.
First, am I living like I have been created in God’s image? I believe in order for us to practically live as people created in God’s image, we must work to live out the attributes of God in our lives. God is love (1 John 4:8), and we too should be filled with love. God is merciful (Luke 6:36), and we too should extend mercy to others. God loves righteousness and justice (Psalm 33:5), and we too should seek righteousness and justice.
Second, am I treating others like they have been created in God’s image? One of Jesus’ most difficult teachings is found in Matthew 5:43-44. Jesus says, “You have heard that it was said,, “you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you...” As difficult as it may be, I am commanded by my Lord to love my enemies, my persecutors, and those who are different than me. Why? Because they too were created in the image of God. The next time you encounter someone who is hard to love, think of Genesis 1:27 and remember: this person was created in the image of God.
As we reflect on the great blessing it is to be created in the image of God, I want us to think on the words of Psalm 139:13-14, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
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