Over the last few Wednesday nights, we have been discussing how God has uniquely made us to serve the body of Christ. We are all “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). In fact, we learn from the very beginning (Genesis 1:26) that God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” What does it mean to be made in the image of God? The Imago Dei entails a lot, but I wanted to mention a few ways that we are made in His image.
Most importantly, we are created with spirits that have the ability to connect with God. When God first created man, He “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life” (Genesis 2:7). Unlike other creatures, we have living souls that relate to God.
We have been given the ability to know the difference between right and wrong. All humans, in all cultures, are moral beings. This fact is proof that we were created by a moral God.
We were created with the ability to think and learn. This intellectual capacity is an important way that we worship God as we “love the Lord with all of your mind” (Matthew 22:37).
In the same statement where we are told that we are made in the image of God, God also declares that He created us male and female.
Having been created by a personal God (as opposed to an impersonal force), we are also personal beings. Every person is unique; no two are exactly alike. Some are extroverts; others are introverts. Some are people-driven; others are task-driven. But the uniqueness and specialness of every person proves that we were created in God’s image.
Don’t ever doubt that you are special. Your very life, every detail of it, proves that you were stamped by the image of God!