Getting Real About Life, about Love, and about God

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Family Resemblance

"Then God said, "Let us make human beings 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." So God created human beings in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them." -Genesis 1:26-27

We are all image barriers of God. God created each of us to reflect the divine nature of God. All of us share this family resemblance. I realize that at times it is not easy to see the divine nature reflected from me and I realize that there are times that it is difficult to notice this family resemblance in others. However, I believe that what the Bible says is true and I believe that when God created each and every human being he created them in the image of God.

You are created in God's image. I am created in God's image. The person that is going to rub you the wrong way and make you mad this week-- created in the image of God. The person that will cut me off in traffic, or be rude to me, or that I am rude to--created in the image of God. The person that we find easiest to hate-- created in the image of God. The person we find hardest to love-- created in the image of God. Our bosses, co-workers, neighbors, friends, relatives, the stranger on the street-- created in the image of God. Every person that we will lay our eyes upon, or we try to turn our eyes away from, shares the family resemblance.

Let's be quicker to notice and look for that likeness than we are to focus on the difference. When someone is getting on your nerves or under your skin try to recognise that they have been created in the image of God. Before we get on someones nerves or under their skin look for the image of God in them. Let our words and our actions honor the image of the Creator in each other. Before we act, think about whether this is how we want to treat our family or someone created in the image of God. Let them image of God reflected in others shine on us so that we may grow in our love of God and our love of them.

Love today.

In Christ's love and mine,
Doug

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