“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” – Genesis 1: 27
Let’s go back to the beginning – Creation. We jump in, where God has created everything. From the stars in the sky to the fish of the sea, not one detail has been overlooked. For His grand finale, God creates Man. Adam and Eve were created “in His own image.”
With characteristics unlike any other in creation, we, mankind, are incredibly unique. Let’s look at a few of those characteristics:
- Knowledge: Man possesses the ability to think, to reason – unlike any other.
- Emotion: God gets angry and disappointed at man, but shows great love and joy and forgiveness when we discover His will. In the same way, Man has emotions based upon relationships – just like God’s relationship with man.
- Morality: Man has a conscience, a sense of what is right and wrong, a sense of guilt.
- Free Will: Do I go to University or into the military? Do I reject God or love Him? Man has the ability to make decisions.
So, why does this matter? Take a look at this idea of free will. It probably has to be the most incredible characteristic we possess- the ability to choose.
We’ve been allowed a choice: to live for God or ourselves. To choose God means recognizing that we are flawed, sinful human beings, separated from God because of that sin. To choose God means believing that Jesus died on the cross as payment for our guilt, our sin, and accepting the undeserved gift of grace and forgiveness. To choose God means a life of fulfillment and purpose, pursuing God’s will in our lives and the assurance of eternal life.
Take a look at your life. If you died today, do you know with absolute certainty that you would go to Heaven? If there’s any doubt or uncertainty about your relationship with God, choose today to finally receive that missing peace and assurance that trusting Jesus will give you. Choose today to get to know our Creator, in whose image you’ve been made. It’s your choice. Choosing to trust in Jesus is the best choice you’ll ever make.