“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”Genesis 1:27
Within each human is the longing for significance. We want to know that our life counts for something. This drives our quest for self-improvement, for likes on social media, and for striving for excellence in our career or hobby. Other people feel worthless because all their lives they have been told that they are worthless.
But I can think of nothing that increases our own sense of significance and worth more than knowing that we have been created in the image of God. The Bible tells us that we are His workmanship (Ephesians 2:10). He has endowed us with reasoning abilities, communication by the spoken word, and an eternal spirit. God is a superior Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and we are an inferior trinity of spirit, mind and body. God waited until the sixth day to create man–both male and female–and when He was finished, He said that it was very good. Of all the creatures God made, He set apart mankind to have dominion over the fish, birds, and everything that moves on the earth. This shows how much value the LORD places on us.
And yet when we look up into the night sky and see the countless stars in our Milky Way galaxy, we are overwhelmed with our own insignificance. David wrote:
“When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?”Psalm 8:3–4
Earth is just a tiny speck in a incomprehensibly vast universe, and each of us is only one of eight billion people on the planet. Who are we that God should give us any attention? And yet God’s concern for us is so great that even our hairs are numbered (Matthew 10:30). We are insignificant in comparison with the universe, but we are greatly significant in the sight of God.
“Heavenly Father, thank You for creating us in Your image and for loving us as You do. Help us find our deepest sense of signficance and worth in knowing You.”
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