Thursday 2 May, 2019

Genesis 1:26-31

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” 29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

This passage of scripture tells us something very deep about who I am as a human and this identity connects me to every other human, past, present and future. We are all made ‘in the image of God’. I know God is not a human and does not share the same physical traits as myself. I know he has no beginning, no origin. Quickly it becomes apparent that I cannot understand this statement by working from humanity to God.

But if I work from God to humanity, it becomes a little clearer.

  • I like what God likes: love, justice, mercy, humility, kindness, unity…
  • I have a desire to create, to care for, to sustain…
  • I know life is about more than me, I am to be self giving…
  • I am to make decisions, to know right from wrong, to be responsible…

I am almost certain that sin is to understand ‘made in the image of God’ by starting with ‘self’ and working backwards to God.

Surely the right and good way is to allow God to define his ‘image’ over my life – through his Word, his Spirit and his Church.

Lord, press me into your image. Amen.

Written by Andrew Mellor

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