“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.”
The entire world is searching to find a reason that gives them purpose, hope, direction, and an identity. Culture tells people this can be found in certain people, certain fame, and certain vices. However, one thing culture forgets to tell people when they are pursuing these certain things is that they will only find brokenness, pain, and death. Not Jesus.
These two verses clearly state that both man and woman are made in the image of the Holy God that rules over all things. To be made in the image of a perfect God is truly breathtaking. People are desperately trying to pursue physical perfection, but have overlooked that they are already made in the image of God.
God desires for all people to have a relationship with Him through His Son Jesus. A relationship with Jesus gives His children so much honor, hope, and leadership. God gave Adam and Eve the ability to have dominion over the land, livestock, and all over the earth.
Believers need to realize the blessing and honor of being made in the image of the Holy God. No other thing that God created on earth is made in His holy image. God’s church needs to share this beautiful truth to all of the hurting and dying world.
While using the HEAR method (see below) consider the following questions:
- What do you think it means that we are made in the image of God?
- What does it say about our purpose, our uniqueness in creation and His expectations that He created us like Himself?
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you?
Explain – what does the passage mean?
Apply – how does the passage intersect with your life today?
Respond – how is God leading you to respond?
Macon Jones, Pastor to Students and Young Adults