… “of God.”
Those words struck me as I listened to my Bible app this morning.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Genesis 1:27 KJV
At times I’m too familiar with profound truth and I pass by without allowing it to time to steep.
Thankfully, this morning, God’s Word caused me to ponder.
Do I really understand what incredible gift God gave mankind when He created us in His image?
No other creation has this, just humans.
Being created in God’s image is an incredible gift, do I cherish it in myself?
Do I cherish it in others?
Have I not been heedless about my attitudes and actions towards others, disregarding they are made in God’s image?
With the damage of sin, which mars and twists what God created as good, it’s difficult to look on others and think, “They are created in God’s image”.
Misunderstanding, judgement, disgust, hurt, envy, and strife seem to come so much easier than respect and love.
No wonder God told us, from the beginning, not to sin.
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Genesis 3:1 KJV
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Genesis 3:6 KJV
Even now, we easily become ensnared into evil through the work of the enemy and the desires of the flesh.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:16-17 KJV
God created mankind in His own image.
And it was good in the beginning.
But we chose sin.
So, God came as a man, to save all who would believe.
People are sinful and God’s original goodness seems so scarce, but neither of these things change the incredible value God has placed on each and every human life.
We were created different from the animals.
We were created unique, even from the angels.
And my tiny understanding of God’s love for us should direct my attitudes and actions with regard to others.
Especially, since I was given the gift of salvation through Christ Jesus and as His follower, I have a responsibility to live in such a way as brings glory to God and the truth of salvation to others.
Not revering the creation above the Creator, but rather loving my Heavenly Father so much, that what He values I value.
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for reminding me that all mankind is unique and created differently from any other creation. Lord, please continue to teach me how to value others, while still holding fast to Your truths and not falling into ignoring sin or passing it by as unimportant. Lord, You value Your people too much to allow them to do what is harmful and sin hurts us deeply, it separates us from You. Lord, please help me to have Your perspective, to understand Your will, and to walk with love and wisdom and truth. Lord, You alone, are our Savior and I praise Your holy name! Amen.