Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the Earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” Genesis 1:26 NLT
What does it mean to you to be created in the image of God?
King David said, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and I know this very well. Psalm 139:14 BSB
In the 1950s a poem was written: “I Am–Somebody” in the 1950s by William Holmes Borders, Sr., who was Senior Pastor at Wheat Street Baptist Church and civil rights activist in Atlanta, Georgia. Although this poem was written in response to overt racism against African-Americans when one reads the poem, the reality is that Pastor Borders addressed injustices against all individuals based on socioeconomic status, regardless of the ethnicity or color of skin.
What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? Psalm 8:4 NIV
Again I ask the question: “What does it mean to you to be created in the image of God?”
In my fragile state of being human, I can never possess the Divine love that God has for us; His love never fails, and His love is unconditional.
God’s love is so great, that He not only created us in His image, He gave us the ability to reach our fullest potential in life. If you are unaware of your talents and spiritual gifts or have chosen to do nothing, then you are responsible for making an immediate decision to turn your life around.
I know that we were blessed with a measure of faith, and yes, it is our responsibility to believe and trust in God at all times, in order for our faith to grow.
I know that each of us was blessed with unique creative gifts, and yes, it is our responsibility to identify and develop those gifts from God, so that we may reach our fullest potential.
When I look at the beauty of nature, I am filled with amazement. I am humbled to know that human beings were so important to our Creator that He gave us beauty beyond all we can ever imagine.
And if that is not enough, God took on the never-ending responsibility of caring for us on a daily basis. And, lo, I Am With You Always, even until the end of the world. (last part) Matthew 28:20
I have saved the most phenomenal aspect of God’s love as my last point of reference: The gift of His only Son- Jesus Christ-who willingly gave His life for every one of us. We were not an afterthought; God was fully aware that humans would fail, and the Plan of Redemption was set in place prior to us being created in His image.
I am Somebody! You are Somebody! Always strive to achieve your best in life!
I praise God! I must give my Utmost to the Highest.
Challenge for today: “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” Leo Buscaglia
Prayer for today: Dear God, Thank you for your Divine love. I realize that I belong to you, and I will honor you by using my many gifts and talents to glorify your name and to reach my fullest potential. Thank you for always taking care of me, and most of all, thank you for the gift of the life of your Son. I finally realize that because I belong to you that I am Somebody-a Child of the King. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen!
Sonya Johnson Ruiz