Thursday, September 3, 2009

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So 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, NIV).

This truth from the Word of our Holy and Heavenly Father sheds light on the fact that we, human beings, were created in the image of God. An image is a replication; it is a representation of something. Not only are we created in the image of God, we are, in turn, created in the likeness of God as well. This means that we are like God; it means that we resemble Him in the fact that we, as humans, share some similar characteristics with our Creator. However, we do not posses every quality that God possesses, of course. Human beings, let alone any other creature, do not posses God’s omnipotence, omnipresence, righteousness, divinity, or perfectness. In fact, we posses nothing relatively close to such characteristics. However, we do posses similar qualities. These qualities that can be claimed by most humans are nothing compared to those that God possesses, but they are close; though they are simply not as intense and perfect as those claimed by our Heavenly Father.

We, as humans, have souls, which allow us to form a deep, personal relationship with our Savior and Lord. We also have free will, meaning we have the ability to choose which path we desire to follow: the narrow path leading to life, or the wide path leading to death. We can either pursue God or the world of evil. God does not predestine who will enter the Kingdom of Heaven and who will not. He gives us the ability to be decisive. Although God is inviting us to embrace Him and guiding us to follow Him, we are the ones who must decide whether or not we will follow. He does not force us to do anything. Two other characteristics that we have in common with God are those of wisdom and knowledge. We are the only part of God’s creation that can successfully comprehend right from wrong, good from evil, and to make intelligent choices that will determine the outcome of a situation. We, as human beings, also inherited the ability to obtain knowledge to a complex extent that surpasses that of any other creature. In a sense, man is almost too intelligent for himself, in that he has acquired a magnitude of knowledge over time that any one individual could not possibly oversee or take in. As human beings, we can also comprehend an overpowering and consuming sense of compassion and love for others. However, this love cannot match the intensity of God’s love for His creation.

We were once apart from God, spiritually and mentally opposed to Him due to our evil behavior. But we have been reconciled by God through Christ’s physical body through death and suffering in order that we may be presented as holy in God’s sight, without blemish. This truth comes from Colossians 1:22-23. Once we are saved, the cleansing blood of Christ flows upon us and covers us. Our Father is pleased with us. Our lives are free of condemnation, as Romans 1:8 proclaims. Because of this, God sees Jesus in us since we are identified with Christ. Jesus has presented us as holy and pleasing to God. Because of Jesus’ death, there is no accusation against us, the saved, from God. This goes along with us being created in the image and likeness of God. We are shaped and fashioned in His likeness so that we may be pleasing to Him once we are reconciled with Christ; so that we can worship Him and glorify His name. We are His children. Therefore, we are supposed to run to God; we are supposed to run Home to our Father. As a child is born in the likeness and resemblance of his daddy, we are the children of God, created in the likeness of our Heavenly Father.

This quality of being created in God’s image and likeness is an unimaginably satisfying and incomprehensible honor that we humans cannot even come close to deserving. As a result, we must not take advantage of Christ’s immense sacrifice to save us. God saved us because He loves us more than anything. He desires to have relationships with His children. We must embrace our Father and obey Him by living the brightest lives we can live; meaning, we must be examples for Christ and show how amazing it truly is to have a Savior that loves us more than can be conceived by anyone. We must be examples so that others may know the joy that comes from having a divine romance with our Savior and Father. We must lift our hands and live out loud to show our satisfying love for Christ. This is the rejoicing honor, not responsibility, that comes from being a child of God created in His image and likeness.