WHAT DOES IT MEAN: “IN THE IMAGE OF GOD”?

January 20, 2020

“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…“ – Genesis 1:26

What is the meaning of man?

The answer is on page one of the Bible. It says “and God created man in His own image.” What does it mean to be in the image of God? It doesn’t mean physical appearance, but it does mean God’s likeness. Here are some examples:

  • We can think like God. We can reason. We are creative.
  • We are to rule over creation. We need to care for it, protect it, and use it in a way that is pleasing to God.
  • We are spiritual beings. Unlike the animals, we can worship God. God desires a personal relationship with us.
  • We are moral beings. Man deals with right and wrong. The best way for us to do this is to obey God’s Word in faith.

If we submit to God, then we reflect His nature.  When we don’t – well, then we look more like beasts.

With this understanding in mind, how closely does your life reflect God’s image? Ask God to highlight the areas or situations where you struggle.  Pay attention to your triggers and ask God to help you begin reflecting more of Him – especially when it’s the most challenging to do so.