In His Image
When God created the world, He did it with intention. He made each part over the span of 7 days, determining it was good before moving on to the next. On the sixth day, He got to us. We see Him breathe the breath of life on some dust and give us our physical bodies. He made us in His own image with a purpose to steward life on earth. And He saw that it was good. We were made in His image first. Before we had different ethnicities, before we had different cultural narratives, before we even had skin, we were all created in the image of our Father.
So what does that mean? It means we’re made in the image of unending and steadfast love; we’re made in the image of justice and peace and power. We’re made to be unified, to be brothers and sisters, together in His Kingdom. We’re made to belong.
In His image we find our identity and when we’re walking in it, there’s no place for hate and injustice to thrive. There’s no place for any human being to be less than another. These are the values we operate under as a body of believers and what we strive to instill in our children everyday.
Looking around the world today, it’s clear we took some wrong turns and went seriously off course from the unconditional love and harmony our creation was intended for. As we heal, grow, and find our way through redemption, we are invited into God’s good and gracious plan to restore his beloved.
Let today be an encouragement to take up your armor of God, ‘with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace’ (eph. 6:15). Engage you children in the beauty of diversity and celebrate what makes creation so uniquely beautiful. Not sure where to start? Check out this great illustrated Children’s Bible. We highly recommend it for the content and the representation of diversity!
“In Christ, there is nothing I can do that would make You love me more, and nothing I have done that makes You love me less. Your presence and approval are all I need for everlasting joy. As You have been to me, so I will be to others”.