We had a great Sunday yesterday and we ended it with a great LIFE Groups study. I hope you were part of a group yesterday. If not, let us know and we’ll get you plugged in. We studied the word “CREATION” and in our class we talked for a little bit about what it means to be made in the image of God.
As a matter of fact, that idea is one of the more debated and written-about concepts in all of Genesis. We can know that we–people–are different from the animals, the trees, the stars of the heavens, etc. What we don’t know is what exactly God had in mind when He decided to make us “in His image.” What was it about Him that He wanted us to have that no other aspect of His creation would?
One idea that we bandied about in our group was the fact that a tree, or a sunset, or a thunderstorm, or a faraway constellation can only illustrate the creative power of God; we can see the beauty of God’s handiwork in the purple and red sunset every evening…but that’s it. A sunset or a storm can only show me how beautiful a painter God is or how epic in scale His creation is.
A tree can’t be compassionate.
A star can’t forgive.
An ocean can’t sacrifice.
There are things the creation of God is unable to do; things that God is able to do which we would never know about if we only considered the wonder of the physical universe He made.
I, on the other hand, can be compassionate. I can forgive. I can sacrifice. I can love. I can demonstrate all of those wonderful personality traits of my Father in Heaven. I don’t do those things as consistently as He does, unfortunately, but that’s my fault not His. He made me to be in His image.
It’s up to me to live up to it.