Genesis 1:26 – 2:17 – Created in God’s Image to Reflect God’s Glory

At night you can look up at the stars. Scientists tell us that the light we are seeing from those stars is millions of years old. Some of the stars we see, aren’t even there anymore. They also tell us that those stars are moving farther and farther away from us. If you ponder these facts it is possible to feel very small and very insignificant. The universe we live in is beyond our comprehension. But the God who made the stars and everything else in the universe also made us. In the midst of this overwhelming universe God made us in a way that sets us apart from everything else He created.

We were not created in the image of the Hollywood star (or starlet). We were not created in the image of the super-star athlete. We were not created in the image of the power-laden executive or the consumptive consumer. We were created in His image. We were created to reflect God’s greatness.

There are several lessons:

  • We were created special so that God could reveal to us the wonder of His glory. Understand and cherish the unique privilege and position we have been given. Gaze up at the sky and marvel that you can be known by God in the vastness of such a world.
  • We were made to uniquely reflect the nature and character of God. How well are you reflecting the Father? The next time you look in a mirror ask yourself that question. Ask, Do others see Jesus in me?
  • We were created with the awesome privilege of being a steward over God’s Created order. Have you taken this world for granted? Do it, not to “save the world” but to show your love and faithfulness to our Creator and Lord.

This passage tells us that we were made to have fellowship with God. And because of sin we now have a God-sized hole in our being. We are complete only when we are reunited with Him. St. Augustine said, “You made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”

Bruce Goettsche

Read Genesis 1:26-2:17. How do you see the special way that God has created man and God’s intentions for mankind? Where can you grow in being a reflection of God’s glory?

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Posted on: September 10, 2015 - 10:00PM

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