Then God said, "Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
Our natural minds may often find it difficult to comprehend the truth behind mankind being created in the image of God. However, there are instances clearly showing distinction between the imperfect and perfect likeness.
As Christians, we are to be visible representations of God. Although we have not yet been perfected, we still embody God-like qualities. So how are we like God?
* We have a desire to love and be loved. God is a God of love. He is much more tolerant, gracious, and patient than we deserve. We were created to worship Him, there in which, we express our love towards him. God desires for us to spend time with him, albeit through reading the Bible, praying, or simply just talking to Him. Similarly, to someone enjoying spending time with the person they love.
* We love to behold beauty. Revelation 21 speaks of Heaven shining with the glory of God. It is as brilliant as jasper and as clear as crystals. It likens Heaven to be as precious jewels and speaks of glorious angels. It gives us details about the walls being made of every kind of precious stone. The bible further details Heaven being like a "city" which is made of pure gold. So pure, that it hasthe resemblance of pure glass. It depicts gates made of pearls and streets made of pure gold. What a beautiful picture to behold! Yes, it is apparent that God himself enjoys being surrounded by beauty, and that includes His creation. That includes you.
* We have a desire for all that is good and pure. We have a respect for those that carry themselves in a moral and ethical manner. When we ourselves act in a manner that is impure, we tend to hide and cover our actions. There is an overwhelming desire to walk in the purity and likeness of God.
None of these qualities can be found in mere animals. God has impressed a seal upon us in which we bear His image.
So next time you look in the mirror, don't criticize those puffy cheeks, balding head, or daily increasing wrinkles. Do not be in disbelief or disillusioned. Remind your heart of who you are. Do not forget that you were created in the image of a beautiful, caring, and loving God.
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org .