Since ancient times, coins have been stamped with an image of the Emperor, King or Queen. We still have Queen Elizabeth’s image on Australian coins. The image is not the actual person – just a likeness.
The first chapter of the Bible tells us: God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27 NLT)
1. God created us special
God did not create angels, animals or anything else in his image - just human beings. What sets us apart from the rest of creation is that we have some likeness to God.
- We can communicate, reflect, reason and make choices.
- We can understand the difference between right and wrong.
- We can remember the past and plan for the future.
- We can imagine and make things that don’t yet exist.
Anytime we invent or build something, write a story, paint a picture, name a pet, do good to others, or take care of God’s world, it demonstrates that we are made in God’s image.
2. God created us to do life with him
God created us in his image so he could speak with us, and we could understand and respond to him. In Jesus, God has come in person to prove his love; showing us that God is serious about doing life with us. Jesus brings us into his relationship with God – so we can talk to God as our heavenly Father about anything!
Anytime we listen to God’s Word, trust in his love, talk to God in prayer, complain to God in our struggles, or ask God to help us, it shows that we are made in God’s image.
3. God created us to do life with other people
God did not create us to do life alone, but with other people. We have families, friends, colleagues, leaders and mentors - so we can look after each other.
Every time we make a friend, join others in a task, have fun with others, or help another person, it reflects that we are made in the likeness of God.
Pastor Rolly Stahl