Thursday, September 10, 2009

We Are Created in God's Image

In my last post I wrote about self-love and that we love ourselves because God loves us, and that we are valuable in His sight. We are valuable in His sight because we were created to reflect His image - His love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, faith, patience, meekness, and temperance (Ephesians 5:22-23). In Genesis 1:26 we read:

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (
Genesis 1:26-27).

Both male and female are created in God's image. The man reflects God's image, and the woman reflects God's image. We should feel good knowing that God has called us to reflect His image. The tendency these days is for us to belittle ourselves as human beings, as something just a little better than the animals. Sometimes our behavior belies our humanity, and sometimes we behave worse than animals. No, no no. God has called us to an elevated position, and He has sent His Son to restore us to that position.

Psalm 8:4-6

4What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
5For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
6Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.

God has made us" a little lower than the angels" in heaven (Psalm 8:4). We have an exalted position within God's created world and we are crowned with "glory and honor" (vs. 5). We need to recognize that we are created in God's image, and we need to truly live a life that honors God as our Creator and the Creator of the world, and value that. We are made in His image.

No comments: