You are a person with great value and worth. This is what the Bible tells us on the very first page. There is no shortage of articles that describe what many struggle with today. Depression, anxiety, fear, doubt, self-worth, are all things we struggle with on some level.
Recorded in Genesis 1 is the account of creation. The account of God shaping, bringing in to order, and creating the heavens and the earth. At the apex of God’s good creation, He creates people in “His own image.”
Genesis 1:26-27 (NKJV)
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, 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.”
People are set apart from the rest of God’s good creation in that humans alone are created in His image. Humans are created to reflect God, their Creator. We are created in the image of God to be a representation of our Creator.
Turning the page of our Bibles, we quickly find God’s good creation, His image-bearers, are distorted by sin. God had intended His image-bearers to share His love and goodness, demonstrating His kindness and sharing in His abundance. Then suddenly all that was disfigured by sin. Instead of cultivating and working with God’s abundant creation, people began to selfishly use His creation causing harm, hurt, devastation, and even loss.
Thankfully, God sent His Son Jesus, who lived as a man on this earth. Through His selfless service, Jesus demonstrated what it is to truly live as the true Image of God. Through Him, an image distorted can be an image restored.
God has assigned His value and worth to every person no matter our background or past. Created in His image is not something earned or that can be taken away, it is assigned by God. Our worth is not defined by distortion but demonstrated through Jesus. Perhaps today, it’s time to be restored so we can reflect the One who created us as His image-bearers.
New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.