“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him…” Genesis 1:27
When we think of this verse, we look at it on a physical level. That’s okay to do but as I’ve learned, there is always more to a verse than meets the eye.
We can think about pastors that preach a sermon series for weeks on end, all over just a few verses. And we can quickly see how important it is to allow scripture to penetrate our exterior and course throughout our lives. There is no surface-level with God.
His spirit dwells within us.
As a Leader
Leaders are often described as risky, driven, motivated, influencers and much more. These descriptions are all accurate, some fit certain leaders more than others, but all are accurate. But the one that we truly hope describes who we are, is Christ-like.
You see, Christ was a leader. He worked hand in hand with God to create the universe and didn’t stop there. He came to Earth as a servant-leader. As a sacrificial-leader. And as a loving, giving, merciful leader.
Why should we be any different?
If we are truly made in His image, we should be all these things. Leaders don’t have to kick butt and take names. They don’t have to be greedy or rude or controlling. In fact, they need to be quite the opposite. Christ was the best example we have ever had a leader and He was none of those things.
As a Giver
John 3:16 describes the greatest gift ever given in the history of the universe. “God gave his only son…” Does that sound like he’s a giver?
I’m looking for a resounding YES here!
We were made to be givers. Whether we want to consider ourselves a leader or not, we were made to give. There is no doubt about the fact that God gives all he can to make us understand his love for us. So why should there be any doubt that he gave us the gift of giving.
It’s engrained in us to give. Not just monetarily, but with time, knowledge and any resources we have.
As a Worker
Now this is a big one for me. The others hold their own but this one…this one hits my heart hard.
Why in the world do we have this idea that we don’t have a talent to use for Christ!?! It baffles me that people believe this. Maybe you haven’t found it yet, but you were created for something awesome!
You can’t tell me that the God who intricately “knit you together in your mother’s womb” neglected to weave in a purpose. Or a talent. Or a dream. – Tweet that!
You can’t tell me that. God doesn’t make mistakes; you are no exception.
As a person in this world, it’s our God-given duty to use our gifts to fulfill the purpose he has laid before us. We were made in his image and He has a purpose, doesn’t he? Did Christ have a purpose for coming to Earth? Did he have a purpose for dying on the cross? What about his purpose for being resurrected?
We are made in His image. We have a purpose too.
So, as you can see, God can use scripture to take over our lives. One single verse or a few words can quickly become a central part of who we are and we can apply it to several areas of life very easily.
The one takeaway: “Made in His image” is far more than physical.