Monday, January 2, 2017

Made to Reflect the Original (Genesis 1:26-27, 31)

God spoke: ‘Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.’ God created human beings; he created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female… God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good!
(Genesis 1:26-27, 31, The Message)

Being human mean we are prone to do errors, to sin. But there’s a lot more than that! We are all made in the image of God. That urge to create, to bring order out of chaos, to make our mark on the world; the anger we feel in the face of injustice, the pleasure we feel in the face of beauty, the hope we feel for a better future – all of that is the image of God finding expression in us, human beings.

It is true that the image of God we express is distorted, even fractured. But there it is nevertheless, shown when we interact with one another, burst forth in our longings for more. God’s image in us forever calls us back to the One who is its original.

That realization changes the way we look at ourselves (Look at you!). It also changes the way we look at others. “There are no ordinary people,” C. S. Lewis wrote, “You have never met a mere mortal.” Once you open your eyes to see the original God and start seeing the image of God in yourself and others, the world will never looks the same again. Yes!

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