- Nothing else in creation is made "in God's image"
- We are like God morally, rationally, spiritually, and relationally
- God has made us and we represent, or reflect, Him
Isn't there something right about these truths? Don't we all want to matter? Don't we all want to be important to at least someone? What if we were all important to God, the One who created everything and to whom everything belongs? What if Zephaniah 3:17 was true, that God looks at you and takes great delight in you, not because you're more skilled or talented than someone else, but because you're human? Wouldn't that be just enough to satisfy the deepest spiritual sorrows? It would mean that no matter who you are, where you're from, what you've done, or what your potential is, you have just as much value as the next person simply because you were created imago dei - in God's image. It would mean that you are just as deserving of God's infinite love and forgiveness. It would even mean that Jesus chose to die on the cross with your name in mind.
I don't know about you, but when I think about this it transforms me. All of the mistreatment, shame, brokenness, hurt, deficits, and blemishes in myself and my life can be reconciled in this one simple truth. Imago dei.
(I have feeling this is Part One of a two- or multi-part series...)