“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness” … So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:26a-27, NIV
In this passage, we get what theologians have called for a few millennia the Imago Dei, the image of God, and the idea that men and women are different from all of creation because we have been made in the image of God.
The Imago Dei is God’s investment in humanity of God-like glory and moral capacity to reign and rule the earth as His representatives. This is what sets us apart.
What are the implications of the Imago Dei? There is an intrinsic human dignity that places us above everything else in the creative order.
We have an intrinsic value because of the image God has given to us. It’s not a functional thing as much as a gift from God. And it shapes how we view humanity — those we live side-by-side with and those we’ll never meet.
Yet we forget this amazing truth, and sin messes us up, and we treat each other in ways that must break God’s heart.
What if we could really grasp that we have intrinsic value because we are made in the image of God? The difference would be incredible. This is God’s beautiful design for us, and we were made to walk in this beauty.
Write one area where you consistently look to the world (created things) for purpose or meaning. What would change if you began to look toward God and His good design in that specific area?
Father, I thank You for our sameness. I thank You that we are brothers and sisters by Your design. May that truth shape how we view others, but first, may it shape how we view ourselves. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Editor’s Note: Content taken from the Encouragement for Today devotional, You are a Beautiful Design, written by Matt Chandler. You can read the piece in full here. All rights reserved.