26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;
30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.
Have you ever been told you were the “spitting image” of one of your parents? Most children carry some similarities to their parents, both in appearance and personality. In both of these aspects, these are not similarities that need to be learned but are ingrained in the individual from the time of their birth. Even for those who have never known their birth parents, there are certain tendencies they may carry that have been passed along by their parents. The phenomenon points to an important truth about God.
All people are made in the image of God. In this passage we see that God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” It is noteworthy that this image and likeness is communal. God is communal in nature, as one God in three persons: Father, Son, and Spirit. Likewise, we are created to be in community, both with God and with others.
Our image bearing and need for community are inseparable. We are made for community with one another because this reflects God’s image. There is no one who is outside the realm of value for God and other people. As we recognize that God has made each of us in His image, so we are given the foundation for valuing others and loving them well. For those of us who follow Christ, this is our call—to recognize the image of God in all people and to love them in accordance with this truth.
• What are some traits that you share with your family or that your family members share with you?
• Who do you have trouble loving as one made in the image of God? How will you pursue that person or group of people this week?
• Pray and thank God that He has placed His image on you. Ask Him for the ability to love others whom He has also created in His image and likeness.