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Genesis 1:26-31

I was traveling last week and spent quite a bit of time just looking at and watching people. I couldn't help but be amazed at how similar we are, yet at the same time, so incredibly unique. Kind of cool. Now as I was doing this people watching, I had just read Genesis 1:26-31 (working ahead on my blogs for the holiday weekend), and verse 27 had gotten my attention. "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."

I asked myself What does it mean for me that I was created in God's image? And What does that tell me about how God views people and, more specifically, me? And then What does this verse tell me about how I should view and value others? Overall, it was a good exercise because I don't think about my creation very often. I pondered a number of things, but the biggie for me was that it made me realize that I need to be more appreciative, more respectful, of who God has made me to be--my personality, the way I look physically, my gifting, etc.

So would you think about verse 27 today and ask yourself the questions I did above and any others that come to mind for you? Then if you're up for it, share your thoughts and tell us what God showed you today. Tami W.

P.S. Today we're starting a new 3-week series on Back to the Bible called What's Right with the Family? As always, our daily P4 readings will loosely follow the program, so I encourage you to tune in or listen online to go deeper in your study.
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Tami,

You are so right to highlight the importance of the simple yet profound fact that we are created by God. The old phrase "God doesn't make any junk" is very, very true. Isn't it sad that in a day and time when body image, the stuff we have, the job we have, or someone else's opinion is being used by our culture to define us, that the same culture teaches us that we are here by chance via evolution. The very antidote or cure to low self-image is found in the fact that we are created by an all powerful, all loving God! It is in God and through Jesus Christ that I find my value and worth, not in what I have or in the opinion of others. The fact that we are fearfully and wonderfully made by God Himself is a great thought to begin each day. Thanks for reminding me this morning.

As I thought about this passage, and your question, Tami, and I began to think about my hands. I thought of the different things those hands can do: give a gentle touch as a show of affection or support, give someone a glass of water to drink when they need refreshing; hold a bible and read it aloud to someone who needs to hear the gospel message. By being made in God's image, we are designed to love. Our hands (and the rest of the body) can do things that demonstrate love. It is our minds that can help us decide which things to do: walk to visit a neighbor, volunteer somewhere, or a multitude of things to live out the commandment to love one another.

Being made in God's image shows me the high regard that God has for me, his creation. When our children are born we give them names that reflect what we think of them and what we hope for them. sS it is that God has made us like himself to reflect what he wants for us, to be his sons and daughters. God extended his love to us even further in that he gave his son to be a ransom for us. The logical response for someone who has done so much for us is to repay this kindness. For that reason I give my heart to the Lord and pledge to live by his word.

Being created in God's image tells me how precious I am and how much God loves me, how much He loves each of us. It teaches me to respect others who are also created in His image. If we curse anyone we curse God because we are made in His image. God is love. He made us in love and we should love Him with all our hearts and with all our mind, and all our soul and all our might. If we love Him as we should, then it is easier to love all persons and creatures He created.

We must thank Him each day for the beauty and wonder of His creation and for all the persons He has placed in our lives but most of all we must thank Him for His Son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who has shown us what real love is, His dying by shedding His blood on the cross at Calvary so that our sins are forgiven forever and that if we accept and believe in Him we can have eternal life with Him. Thank You Jesus.

I work downtown in a large city that has a lot of homeless people. It's very easy to think of them as "lesser value" because they have some difficult issues. Reading this reminded me that everyone one (no matter rich or poor) was made in God's image. He loves them all the same.

Perhaps it is my state of mind at this time, but as I read the passage and the preceding comments and thought about it, I was saddened by what sin has done to the image of God within humanity. How twisted it has become and what a struggle it can be to think, speak, and act according to the orginal Image.

I thank God and ask for forgiveness in the same breath. Not only for showing me His Image through Christ but also for all the times that I have failed to live up to the Image.

Luke 18:13
“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

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