Monday Morning Meditation: You Are Beautifully Created

On the last day of creation, God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness. Thus,  God formed Adam from the dust and gave him life by sharing His own breath(Genesis 1:26) (Genesis 2:7).

Think about that for a moment.

God shared his precious air to create us. Every time I read those words I am struck by the simple intimate beauty of it. I have a mind, including a conscience; also feelings and desires, along with my powers of mental and physical action.  These are gifts that were created uniquely for me. They were created uniquely for you.

Image and likeness were once thought to express different things, but they mean about the same. This passage shows us, first, our unique and special dignity (God speaks of no creature other than man as his image-bearer), and, second, how we are meant to live.

Image means representative likeness—which tells us at once that we should be reflecting, at our creaturely level, what Genesis 1 shows God is and does. Therefore we should always act with resourceful rationality and wise love, making and executing praiseworthy plans just as God did in creation. He generated value by producing what was truly good.

Therefore we are good and beautiful. It sounds simple.

Today, as we start our week let us reflect on being the good that he created.

Remember you were created good and beautiful.