Genesis 1:27, ESV: "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."
Genesis is an essential
account of the creation of the world and the earliest history of humanity - how and why we came to be. As such, the first chapter of Genesis addresses the intent of God when He spoke His intent, subsequently creating everything in existence.
While the previous verse focused on the “what” and “why” of things, this particular verse conveys the creation of human beings. The verse says, “in the image of God He created him…” expressing that God models humans - both male and female - in a reflection of Himself.
As is the case with all verses, there are several layers of understanding to this one as well. Being created in the image of God alludes to mankind’s ability and willingness for rational thinking and free will. Being the only species to exercise moral reasoning, this quality distinguishes you from other species.
As a creation in the image of God, you possess a certain measure of the qualities of Himself - this is only possible because of His grace. Contrary to what most might think, you are much closer to God than you may assume. As a Christian, you share with God several aspects that are limited to Him, and human beings, including but not limited to meaning, reasoning, and will. This is a connection only you, as a human, can share with God, unlike the rest of His creations.
On another note, you - as a capable being of reasoning and morality - are a beacon of God’s authority and greatness, in the sense that you rule over all other species in the world. Although it is easy to get caught up in the idea of such power, there is a dire need to keep close to your heart the fact that God is your creator, and you are but a mere image of His greatness.
True, you being an image of God gives you - and all other humans - immense power and value. However, it is crucial to remember not to abuse that authority, nor forget the fact that you are merely a creation, not the Creator Himself. Only by keeping that knowledge in mind and heart, can you truly be able to heal inwardly as you rely on God, the Source of healing.
In order to heal and experience all that God has for you, you must remember who you are and remember that in Him you are whole and complete.
Blessings and Breakthroughs,
Pamela D. Smith