Slightly Obsessed #078: In the Image of God, Part 1

 

Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…’

God created man in His own image, in the image of God. He created him; male and female He created them.

– Genesis 1:26-27

You were born to create.

Do you ever wonder what God looks like, and what it means to be created in His image?

The Bible doesn’t tell us God’s physical appearance, although we get intriguing clues. In Genesis 3:8, Adam and Eve “heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.” In Exodus 33:19-24, Moses was given a glimpse of the back of God as He passed by. In Exodus 3, He spoke out of a burning bush. Yet John 4:24 tells us God is spirit. He is three Persons but one God. John 1 tells us Jesus Christ existed as the Word before His coming in the flesh.

What God looks like is a mystery. In what other ways, then, are we made in His image?

We mirror Him in that each of us is three parts: body, soul, and spirit. Our bodies are the physical manifestation of who we are, as Jesus was the incarnation of the Godhead. Our souls are our essence, the part of us that makes us who we are. Our spirits are the part of us that communicate with God.

But wait, there’s more. Much more.

God made us with the capacity to love deeply, to sacrifice ourselves for others, and to desire the best for them. We were never meant to live alone. He placed in us a yearning for fellowship, acceptance, and companionship.

He gave us the ability to appreciate beauty. He created us with the desire to create for the pure joy of it. From the mind of mankind flows a ceaseless fountain of paintings, sculptures, architecture, mechanics, music, literature, and theatre. Not all of it honors the Creator. Much of what we do, in fact, springs from rebellion to the very Father who gave us life.

This must surely grieve Him. But think how He rejoices when His children use the gifts He gave them to honor Him.

What secret dream do you have? Whatever the outlet, be assured it’s never too late to begin creating for God.

Sure, we all must work and pay the bills. But don’t be ashamed to listen to the voice calling you to reach beyond your comfort zone.

You were made for more. Go for it.

 

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