God Created Mankind in His Image

from the This Is the Gospel reading plan

Genesis 1:26-31, Psalm 8:1-9, 1 Corinthians 15:47-49

The Mona Lisa is one of the most famous paintings in the world. Crowds herd their way through the Louvre in Paris to catch a glimpse of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece. Guinness World Records lists the Mona Lisa as having the highest insured value for a painting, assessed at $100 million in 1962. That’s about $600 million today. But how much do you think a print of the Mona Lisa fetches? Peanuts. You can get one on Amazon for $7.

So why the canyon-sized price difference between the art hanging in Paris and the copy hanging in your local coffee shop? One is a work created by the artist himself; the other by a laser printer.

Do you realize the masterpiece of the Artist of artists is you? The Almighty God knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). Every human—regardless of race or age or gender—has this same inherent worth and dignity because they have been made in the image of the one true God (Genesis 1:27).

We image, or reflect, certain attributes of God—love, mercy, kindness, community, grace—because God has made us to be like Him, to proclaim Him, to spread His glory. While lions, eagles, and breathtaking mountains are wonders of creation, none of them compare to the glory of a baby who is just discovering her nose, or an elderly man teaching his grandson how to fish. Every person you meet matters. They matter to God, and they should matter to you and to me.

The principalities and powers of this present age continually tempt us to deny the truth that we are made in God’s image. Gossip, slander, sexism, racism, assault, and all forms of abuse are attacks on the value and dignity all human beings have by virtue of being made in the image of God. The incarnate Son of God, Jesus of Nazareth, makes God known to us in all His perfection. Where we fail as image-bearers, Christ succeeds, redeems, and makes new in the work of the gospel.

If people made in God’s image are of more worth than a sparrow—and Jesus says they are—and the Lord knows when even one sparrow falls to the ground—and He does—then He certainly values you more than can you imagine (Luke 12:6–7). The truth is you and everyone you meet is infinitely more valuable than the $600 million Mona Lisa. Let’s love and honor one another according to the sky-high price tag God attaches to people made in His image.

Written by J. A. Medders

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24 thoughts on "God Created Mankind in His Image"

  1. JR Harkness says:

    Everyone I meet is an image bearer of God whether they accept that or not. Do I see everyone I meet as an image bearer? I pray that Jesus would transform my heart so that I do. I pray that I would listen and be reminded about the Creator and His perfect creation every time I meet someone. Every time! Whether they have accepted Christ or they are suppressing Him, I pray that I would have ears to hear! That I would see an image bearer. That I would not be self-righteous. In Jesus name, Amen.

  2. Joel Porter says:

    What a strange dichotomy we have in the value we place on ourselves. On the one hand, we have such tremendous value (Luke 12: 6-7) that God even bothers to look after us (Psalm 8:4), but, on the other hand, we still “fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This is a testament to the extraordinary net worth of God’s glory. We should take comfort in the fact that sin doesn’t devalue us in God’s eyes—we were, and are, still worth God sending his son, Jesus, to conquer sin and death to redeem us. You can’t redeem something of no value. Yes, sin destroys, but it doesn’t make God love us any less.

  3. Charles Shinn says:

    God, help me to value what you value and to see others with your eyes. Amen.

  4. Justin Cross says:

    Man, this was so great. So much to chew on here and so appropriate for our day and age. I know that I need constant reminder of the value of others and, often, even myself. I have a friend who once asked me “if you were a millionaire, would you be scrounging through the trash for food?” The answer, of course, was no. The takeaway of that is that we need to know the value we have as children and image bearers of a Holy God and the value that others have as well. That way we act in accordance to our identity. It it something that is universally relatable. Each and every one of us share the human condition. Such a needed word this morning.

  5. Troy says:

    Every person of every shape, size, color, and creed is created in the image of God and, as such, worthy of respect and dignity. We don’t get to pick and choose who counts and who doesn’t, whom we should love and whom we can hate. All are image bearers of the Living God. Which is why the Scriptures tell us that you cannot hate your brother and love God.

  6. Kevin Curtis says:

    We need to remember everyone is human and deserves all of our love and kindness.

  7. Michael Crandall says:

    Let not prejudice nor pride attempt to remove the worth of another, for we are all made in the image of God.

  8. Drew Roe says:

    This was a very important reminder for me. What an honor and blessing it is to be an image-bearer if God Himself! When I am tempted to treat someone else poorly because they annoy me, or because of something I heard about them, or because I don’t like their hair, may I remember what an amazing and precious creation this person is!

  9. Joshua H. says:

    Everyday is a challenge to act like one made in God’s image.

  10. Bowyn says:

    I love Paul, “…if the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink because we die tomorrow.”
    Paul’s thought process is funny to me, because he didn’t have to say eat and drink. Paul easily could have said: If they dead are not raised then we die tomorrow, but no my man Paul said listen if resurrection wasn’t possible then we’re already dead so we might as well go out with a full stomach. I can just imagine what Paul would say today; “Listen guys if resurrection doesn’t work you might as well head on over to Chick fa la or somewhere and get 2 number threes, a number 5, and a large order of waffle fries. Oh and guess what? You don’t even have to worry about calories or fighting your dad bod, because if resurrection wasn’t possible then it doesn’t matter if you fit in those jeans next week. It doesn’t matter how many carbs you eat that day, if you submit that important report to your boss that is due the next day, or if you save enough for retirement because if resurrection isn’t possible then we as humans are already dead and none of this matters. Christ has given us the ultimate gift, purpose. Not only has he given us purpose for today, no, Jesus gave us a eternal purpose.

  11. Segun Olumodimu says:

    I have been beaten&humbled by life…picking myself up and thankful to my girlfriend(soon to be fiancé/wife) for introducing this app to me. I’ve had this on my iPhone for months now and usually just here for the lock screens(as it sorta helps me read remind myself of certain things) I’m parting&hoping to get closer to God through this app and daily meditation. I pray HE truly loves me because I truly don’t know what to do with my life….I pray I do get to where I need to…love hauwa for this opportunity and pray God keeps us forever.
    P.s: she always reads she reads truth.

  12. Zac says:

    I love that our identity is set in something beyond ourselves. Being made in His image means that I don’t need to seek out identity or value in anything else. My value, worth and affirmation are all tied up in having the identity of a son of the most high, made in his likeness.

  13. Zachary says:

    Woah. Here’s an interesting thing – it’s not necessarily related, but I noticed that the passage given doesn’t mention anything about the animals/beasts of the world given to man for meat. Only the herbs. Makes me feel pretty good about my new vegan diet right now. 🙂 God led me there!!

    Now, for a more pointed response to the theme here— it’s pretty neat to consider being created in the image of God… especially insofar as it’s true for everyone on earth. I kept thinking about how a lot of conservative (many Christian ones included) folks these days berate “libtards” and berate people of the Islamic faith, and ‘lazy’ homeless people without regard for the very basis of our faith which is that we are created in the image of God, and we are here to be a shining example of that. We often say ‘God and a Country’ but we often seem to be valuing them in the opposite order. Lately it seems like security/lifestyle > gospel.

  14. Nathan Bruley says:

    Good reminder to not see people for there faults!

  15. Mathieu Venables says:

    This is such an important truth to keep on the forefront of our minds that while God spoke everything into existence he did more for us he molded is from the dust of the earth in his hand made us in his image and breathed his breath of life into our lungs. We are his children and have been adopted as sons and daughter by the life giving blood of Christ. This truth is one that as my children are growing older I am realizing the importance of ingraining this truth in the hearts and minds from a young age.

  16. Ryan Boddy says:

    This scripture makes us slow down and think about he fact that each of us is a unique creation of God. What a blessing that we can be made in his image, and are infinitely valuable because of it. It makes you realize you should treat others as well as you can, since they are also creations of God.

  17. Ipsan Gonzalez says:

    At times we can get lost in thinking that we are not worth anything but in reality, we do have value, all of us. This is because of God‘s love and we should acknowledge this on a daily basis, when we’re dealing or working with other humans, whose worth is the same as yours.

  18. David DeVore says:

    I loved how after he created man, he said “and it was very good,” instead of “and it was good.” Whenever you look at or think of the most beautiful things on this planet, you should know that God values you and sees you as more.

    I also noticed that he said “let’s great them in OUR image.” I assume he is 1: talking to the angels. Or 2: talking to the rest of the Trinity. Either way it is very interesting and worth taking not of.

  19. Micah Edwards says:

    Made in the image of God:

    1) We are made to be relational, both vertically and horizontally.
    2) Vertical: The aim of our life should be TO KNOW and BE KNOWN by our creator. Matthew 28:19 (Trinity)
    3) Horizontal: God gave us dominion over everything. We also have a higher price tag than the greatest wonder on Earth. Everything in this world is an attack on our value as children of God, ultimately being an attack on the authority and divinity of God. When we see sinfulness in others’ hearts, it’s hard to believe that person is made in the image of God. But Jesus. He transforms us into our original likeness. Where we fail as image-bearers, he succeeds, redeems, and makes new in the work of the gospel.

  20. Timm says:

    It’s easy to forget this word while going on about one’s daily routine. Many days at work I would much rather stick to compiling data and getting spreadsheets together—and then after work all I want to do is get home to my wife and our dog and cat and get the nursery painted and ready. I don’t consider the homeless people I pass less than a mile from my office, or the people having car trouble on the highway or the lady at the gas station going around asking for spare cash so she can fill up her car with gas and get home safely.
    But, it’s true that these people mean as much to God as I do; they hold as much value in the eyes of God as I or my wife or my unborn daughter. And if the spirit of God is in me and I bear the likeness and image of God, then I need to see them as God sees them and treat them as God would treat them.

  21. Kwaku The Kandid Christian says:

    God made us for a reason. He wanted to bless Us and give us ownership of something. In the beginning he created a whole world solely for us to have and rule and subdue. We are the masterpiece of heaven. Of all creation only we were given a right of freewill and choice, so intricately made to decide what we want from this world. Beautifully made in the image of God from dust.

  22. Del’Shawn says:

    I am created in God’s image. I am the earthly manifestation of God that is flawed through sin but redeemed through Christ Jesus. He died that I might live. He died that I might be healed. He died that I might be delivered. Knowing we are made in the image of God and accepting Christ’s transforming power on the inside of us, is powerful. The good we can be in this world is limitless. I will strive to be the best representative of God’s image of His love and his compassion towards everyone. Why, because he made everyone. They are just as valuable as I am.

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  24. Paul Singer says:

    We are indeed made in His image and that makes us very valuable indeed. And the fact that Christ died for us adds so much more dimension.

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