Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and 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.
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.
And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
( GENESIS 1:26-31, ESV )
A man died and his tombstone said, “He came, stayed a while, and left.”
What a sad, empty epitaph!
But what if it had said, “He came, stayed a while, got married, worked at his job, raised a family, and left?”
Even if it included, “He became a success in his career and made a pile of money,” it would still be missing the purpose for which God created us.
Why are we here and what is our purpose?
That is the age old question, isn’t it?
Fortunately, from the very beginning, God has had a plan and a purpose for our lives. Unfortunately, many of us don’t really know what that is and so we can become dejected and wonder if life has any worth at all.
When we don’t understand our reason for living, we can make up our own purpose and live in a way that brings short-term gratification.
Instead, knowing we are made in the image of God and have purpose should change how we live and bring us peace, joy, and contentment.
You will be restless, confused, or lacking in fulfillment until you begin living in line with God’s purpose for creating you.
THE BIG QUESTION
Man was made as the crowning achievement in God’s creative work.
Only humanity (male and female) bears the image of God.
What impact does this truth have on you – that you, among all of creation, are a divine image bearer, a small replica of God Himself?
Conclude in prayer and silence reflecting on what you’ve learned.