We are all fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). We are all the culmination of God’s creation, crafted in our mother’s womb. Have you ever thought why He would create us? What was He lacking in His heaven? There were angels who worshiped Him, worked for Him, and served Him faithfully. We hear of cherubim and seraphim, but only God knows how many orders of created beings there were. He could have anything He wanted. Why humanity?
“God created mankind in His own image.” (Genesis 1:27)
Have you ever considered what it means to be made in the image of God? It doesn’t mean that we’re omniscient or omnipotent. That’s all too clear. It also doesn’t mean that we’re pure and holy. That’s clear as well. What did He want from us? Why did He find it meaningful to create a being who resembled – in some manner and in some degree – Himself?
Perhaps the angels cannot feel the pleasure and passion of God. Perhaps they do not know the many kinds of love that God has made us capable of. Perhaps they can’t express the grief and anger over sin and destruction that we can. Perhaps there was no one in this heaven who knew anything substantial about mercy and grace. So God made us.
Think about what it means to resemble God – spiritually, emotionally, and at levels we may never fully understand. The angels could worship God – they do that all day long where it is always day. But they could not reflect Him. Only someone made in His image can shine His glory back to Him. It may only be a glimpse or a spark of glory, but millions of images of God can make a dazzling display from where He sits. We are, in essence, His glory reflectors. Only creatures that resemble the Creator can do that.
That’s perhaps why the sin of killing a reflector in the womb angers a holy God. Not only is such a decision so unlike Him; it is a tragic loss. It represents a wasted opportunity for another reflector to shine His glory. Such a choice clouds the mirror that would reflect God’s image. The image exactly expressed in Jesus, the Jesus God the Father has put Christ’s Spirit within everyone at conception. In Adam we were made in God’s image; in Jesus we were remade in His image (2 Corinthians 3:18). Agree? Let’s Reflect Him Well.
Have a brilliant weekend. Make it better by worshiping The LORD with those who make every effort to choose to shine the glory of God in every choice they make, and they also pray and invite others to join them in magnifying His image.
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, The King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see, to Him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)