Awakening the Image
At the very beginning of Gods letter to us we read a profound statement, God created us in His Image. We have read this as many times as we have read the Bible and yet I wonder have we fully comprehended what this statement actually means. I am on a current journey asking the Lord for a deeper comprehension of this intentional decision He made. God did not have to create man this way but this is what He wanted. Because of who God is this was not a bad decision and therefore we are not a mistake! Some of us may think in a self contemptuous way creating a desperate need of awakening the image in us because this not only impacts how we view ourselves but also how we view God and others around us. And, how we view God, self and others deeply impacts how we do ministry. My next few blogs will include thoughts along the way of this journey. Your comments are always welcome.
Genesis 1:26-27 clearly states that all of us, every human being was and is created in the very Image of God. Have you ever wondered how this impacts everyday life? Lets take a brief look at this passage. “Then God said, “26 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 of the earth, and over all creatures that move along the ground. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
From these verses we clearly see that God placed man over all creation distinguishing man from the rest of the animal kingdom. Man (humankind/ male and female) being made in the very image of God imparts a unique and special meaning to the design of human life. Man stands uniquely apart from all other living creatures and creation because of mans relationship to God himself. The intrinsic value of each and every human life exists because God made it that way.
God created us with the capacity to interact with him and so he gave us a mind so we can begin to think as He thinks. He gave us a language so we could speak with Him. God had a plan and a purpose when He created man and placed him on this planet and it all leads to an incredible destiny if man chooses to step into why he was created in the first place. Of all of Gods wonderous creation only man was created in His image so that we could have relationship with Him.
Now what does it mean to awaken this image? First we must recognize that we were created with the capacity and purpose to communicate with a living God, our creator. We have the capacity to think like our creator and be able to respond to His communications with us. We were made to be in relationship with him. Every human being has this capacity within them and each person is desired by God to be in this kind of relationship with Him. It does not matter if you are a person not yet born or one who has walked this earth for 99 years. You could be someone from Russia, China, Iran or Detroit, your created purpose is the same. You could be in a wheelchair or you might be blind. You could be very wealthy or completely destitute. You could have HIV/AIDS or you could have the best of health it does not matter. All of you are of inestimable value to God. All of us must come to full understanding of this incredible truth and apply it to our daily living. If we do our lives will change! We no longer will judge ourselves by what others think but rather by how our creator God views us. This is no small matter. All of us must take steps to awaken this truth in our minds, hearts and souls. This is “home” for our souls. So, what is God speaking to you now? Stop and listen and allow your soul to find home.
God intentionally created us in His very Image and this my friends means everything. Apply this magnificent truth to your life today and experience the awakening of your true Image.