As I reflected on this passage and especially how it relates to Genesis 1.26-28, I kept coming back to the question, “How do my beliefs about creation impact my view of life?” As Moses drills down on the image of God in man and the implications thereof, it has a huge impact on my relationship with God, my relationship with myself, and my relationship with others.
Far from being an accident, God is intentional about His creation. We are more than the product of time and chance…we are not a cosmic accident. We were created, we were fashioned to have a relationship with the Creator. Unlike the gods of the Egyptians, who were distant and impersonal, the God of Israel is both personal and powerful, imminent and transcendent. He is Yahweh Elohim (LORD God). When the Hebrews that the LORD was concerned with them and that He had seen their affliction, that revelation caused them to worship…it should cause us to do the same.
But that should also impact the way we see others. C.S. Lewis once said, “You have never met an ordinary person…everyone you meet is immortal.” Everyone you meet is immortal. From the homeless man on the street to the guy who cut you off in traffic to those who have blown up their lives making bad choices to those who have “done everything right”. As image-bearers of Creator-God, of the King, each and every person is of infinite value…God does not create throw-aways.
But what about you? How do your beliefs about creation impact your view of life? How does it impact the way you view yourself? Others? The environment? For four hundred years, the Israelites had been told that they were an accident and that their value was determined by the number of bricks they could produce…their contribution to society. And for over two hundred years we have been told the same thing. We have been told by some very intelligent people that we are an accident…the product of time and chance and that our value is based on our contribution to society. So the homeless person is somehow less than the guy in the oval office; the janitor than the CEO; the physically or mentally challenged than those who are “normal” whatever that means. But Genesis presents an alternate view. This isn’t it. We are not an accident. You are not an accident. God has created us for so much more. And though the image is marred, we are still image bearers of the King. And that image is restored in Jesus, who is the image of the invisible God and the perfect Man. The One who came to rescue us and provide the way back to Creator-God.
My prayer for us this week is that we would realize our infinite worth in God’s eyes, and that we would begin to see others in the same way.
Until next time…stay salty.
This post is based on our Genesis series. Listen online at:http://www.centralchristian.org, or follow us on twitter: @ccclancaster