March 17 (Genesis 1:27)
So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (NLT)
I am not one of those people who can look at someone and say, “Oh, she looks just like her mother!” Yet the other day my wife took a picture of our son, and at once I could see his resemblance to my dad. It was so striking that even I could not deny that the one bore the image of the other. So what does it mean that God created you in His image?
If you want a full answer to that question, stop reading this devotion, pick up the Bible, and read it cover to cover. In it you will see that God is infinitely creative, loving without end, more fierce and powerful than anything you have seen in His creation. He is holy and righteous, just and caring, ever present and ever faithful. His breath creates reality. He guides and provides. He rescues and He saves. You and I are not God, but we were made in His image to do the things He calls us to do. Jesus Himself said in John 14:12-13, “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.”
Pictures, of course, can become distorted. A vandalized statue bears little resemblance to the glory it had when its sculptor laid down his hammer and chisel. Through sin and pain and loss, we can become grotesque caricatures of what God had in mind when He created us, yet, ever the master artist and restorer, God can bring us back to who He designed us to be. That restoration can be yours right now through the loving touch of Jesus.
God, I want people to see You when they see me. Take me into the deep places of my heart where I can offer to You all that keeps me from reflecting Your image. Take it and remove it from me as far as the east is from the west. I ask this in the name of Jesus, Who bore Your image fully. Amen.