I remember the first time someone said, “she looks just like you.” I had never thought of myself as particularly pretty or remarkable in any way. Yet, to have someone look at one of my children and see a resemblance? I could not hold back the smile of pride. Yes, that one looks just like me. I see myself in her. Maybe that is why I’m struck by the words of God Himself. In the midst of a spectacular masterpiece of creation, He had one more thing to create.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26
He could have made us in any form or fashion. Yet, he wanted us to resemble Him. He wanted to watch us as a proud Father and be able to say, “I see myself in her.”
What does it even mean – that we were made in His image? It means that others should see something of Him in us.
When we go out of our way to bring His love to a hurting world? We resemble Him.
When we decide to really treat others as more important than ourselves? We are bearing His image.
God is very creative. And sometimes we get all caught up in how He created us specifically. What are our spiritual gifts? What talents have we been given? What is His plan for our lives?
And those are all important things to know and use for His glory. But, when He created Adam, He did not say, “Let us make a man with the gift of hospitality and the ability to sing and who will one day record a hit song.”
God filled His hands with the dust of the earth, formed a man, breathed God breath into his nostrils and said, “This one here? He will resemble Me.”
What are you going to do today that will cause an onlooker to say, “That one there? She looks a lot like Him.”