Made in God’s Image

by Pastor Mark Jordan
“Then God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness….’ So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:26a & 27, NRSV)
I have a confession to make: I love the Progressive Insurance commercials where it shows people beginning to act like their parents (you can watch my favorite of the commercials by clicking here). One of the reasons I find myself amused by them is because of how spot-on they are! There are so many mannerisms of my dad that I see in myself, but even more amazing are my mannerisms manifesting in Ethan. I know that I could do a whole lot worse than turning into my father, and I pray one day Ethan feels the same.
It is true that we see aspects of ourselves in our parents and children, and I think this is part of God’s design. Ultimately, God wants us to realize that we can see aspects of him in our lives, as well. Genesis 1 teaches us that God made us according to God’s likeness. You’ll note in the verse for today that Moses records God using the words, “us” and “our” when describing his image and likeness. This is to include the persons of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This is the first place in scripture where we see a reference to the Trinitarian God. God made us all in his image…male and female…God created us, redeemed us, and sustains us.
As you grow in your relationship with God, you will see more and more aspects of God’s image and nature develop in you. Maybe a ridiculous insurance commercial can help point you to the greater truth that you are created in the image of God. You are designed to be loving, hopeful, merciful, forgiving, gracious, kind, and so on. So, how are you doing? Socks with sandals and flip phones not withstanding, how do you see the image of God developing in you?
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for making me in your image. As I grow closer to you, I recognize that I see parts of you emerging in my nature. Help me to know that you created me to be in your image in all ways, so I may reflect that to the world around me. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.