because of God's love

God created you in His image!
Day 3

by Gini Crawford, MSW

     What does being created in God's image mean? Well to be honest, the Bible doesn't give much detail about it. But I will try to explain what being created in God's image means, from my studies. Since we are created in God's image, we can reason and speak, and we have a will to choose, like God. We also have the power to act out our reasoning, our speech, and our choices, like God does. (Granted we are limited in these things compared to God.) Our ability to do these things is clearly seen in Genesis 3, when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God for the first time.

     We do have the same form that God the Son, Jesus Christ, has. His Word says of Jesus in Philippians 2:8a, He was, "...found in appearance as a man..." You are created in the very form that Jesus, the God of the universe, chose for Himself. That's pretty amazing to me! How about to you?

     Think about why God would make us in His image. I love my cat, but I can't have a truly intimate relationship with her because she isn't in my image. We can relate to each other because we are in each other's image, but even more importantly we can relate to God because He created us in His image. Since God created us in His image we are linked to heaven and to God Himself unlike any other creature God made. He made us in His image to be able to have a truly intimate eternal relationship with us (Jeremiah 31:3). In reality, human history is being played out, in order that God can have a people who are His and who want to be His.

...a people for God's own possession so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God... 1 Peter 2:9-10 NASB®

     I am sure some of you are thinking, God did create us in His image, but didn't sin do something to His image in us? It did! We still possess God's image within us, but it has been corrupted by sin and needs renewing. The only way to truly have God's image again, is through Jesus Christ and by allowing the Holy Spirit to progressively renew His image within us (Ephesians 4:20-24 and Colossians 3:9-11).

Life Application

     Read Genesis 1:26-31. What if God didn't create us in His image, and we were all on the same level as animals? What would that tell us about God and His desire for a relationship with us? Since God created you in His image: What value does He ascribe to you? We can all struggle at times with thinking we don't have high value in anyone's eyes, especially God's, but we do! Write down any insights.

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