“And 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 fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”Genesis 1:26-27
I was speaking with my son one summer, and we were discussing some decisions he had made at camp. He spoke of his plans and what he wanted to do and where he felt God was leading him. He rightly said he needed to weigh his decisions in the light of what God would have for him. I was thrilled to hear how God was working in his life, and I remembered how God worked in my life as a teenager. I remembered the promises I had made and the dedication of my life to God, just as my son had had done as well. Before that time, it seemed I had been living my whole life for myself but then my eyes were open as to what God wanted from me.
As I was speaking with my son, I discussed the void left in our lives when we don’t possess a relationship with God, whether we choose to not believe God’s Word or choose to believe but not maintain a relationship with the One who created us in His own image. God made us to need and desire a relationship with Him, whether we realize it or not. I told Nate of the foolish things we pursue in life, and how soon we forget that the void in our lives can only be filled by the One who made us in His image and after His own likeness.
Man was the last thing God created and we were created with a purpose and design. We were not made to simply occupy space and time, but to honor and glorify the Father. We were made on the same day as the animals, but made distinctly different from them. We were designed to have dominion over them as we were made in the image of our great God. The first parents Adam and Eve were perfect in the image of God and had no evil or wicked desires before the fall. We have fallen greatly from that image of perfection, and it seems our desires are continually wicked. Jeremiah 17:9 states, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Where are you today friend? Have you come to realize that the void you often feel can only be filled by the God who created you in His image? How is your relationship with your Creator? Do you possess a real relationship with Him or do you simply know of Him and not truly know Him? How about you Christian? Does your life reflect the holy image of God or has that image and likeness been defaced with sin? Are you walking with Him? Do you desire to look like the Father or do you desire your own image and likeness? May we not bring reproach to our Creator, and may we ever live to glorify our Father.