The Bible begins with a familiar scripture that we all have come to know- whether we have a relationship or not:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1, KJV)
God created everything on heaven and earth. If you read further in this chapter, we learn that we are the only beings created in the image of God:
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)
What does this actually mean? To carry an image means someone or something is the visual representation. My 8 year old looks JUST like my husband. If men could bear children, he would have had her without my assistance.
Sydney is (as we say) the spitting image of her dad. Or let’s say you had a relationship with a child and the parent. Let’s say the child has now become an adult but when you hear them speak, you make a comment: “You sound just like…?”
God says He created man in HIS OWN IMAGE, but what does that really mean? It means that we are to live as the image-bearers of our Father.
- Everything we think should reflect our Father.
- Everything we say should point to God.
- Everything we do, should be a reflection of what we have both seen and read that He would do.
The image is distorted by sin. Sin is the problem that taints our image.
The image of God is a distinct privilege and indescribable value that animals just did not have access to. Oh my Father! What a privilege that we take too gingerly.
Now that God has sent His Son, Jesus and everything flows through Him,we can conform to His image – which places us back into right-standing with who we really are.
“We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose. We know this because God knew them in advance, and he decided in advance that they would be conformed to the image of his Son. That way his Son would be the first of many brothers and sisters. Those who God decided in advance would be conformed to his Son, he also called. Those whom he called, he also made righteous. Those whom he made righteous, he also glorified. So what are we going to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He didn’t spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. Won’t he also freely give us all things with him?” Romans 8:28-32 CEB
How can you reflect God’s image through your life, today?