In church, we are told constantly that we are made in His image. Growing up, I vaguely had an idea of what that meant, but really didn’t think about it until I was an adult.
In Genesis 1:26-28, the author writes:
“26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earthand subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
I’ve never noticed before today just how many times God emphasizes that we are made in His image. I love that in the first chapter of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, God wants to make it clear as day from the very beginning that we are made in His image.
The animals and Earth are created by Him, but they are not made in His image. He saves that for humans. It means we have something about us that’s different, that is part of what God looks like.
Some days we all struggle with our body image. For me, most days it’s health-wise. I get frustrated when my body doesn’t work perfect. We all see the models in magazines and TV shows, and sometimes think we should look that way. The truth is that we are all made in God’s image, and He has made us exactly the way He wants us, and that would glorify Him the most.
Today, I would encourage you to do a couple things:
- Think about how you are made in God’s image. Ask Him to reveal characteristics that are specifically in His image.
- Praise God for being the author and creator of not only our faith, but also our bodies. Confess any areas where you might be struggling with this.