Genesis 1:26-31

Two things pop out to me about this passage.  First, mankind is created in God’s image.  I’ve often thought, why does God bother with a disaster like humanity?  Why does God bother with a fallen, sinful mess like Micah?  The answer is two-fold, because He created us and because we bear His image.  Its verses like these that makes sense of all the family language of God being Father and us being children. We don’t know exactly what this “image” is.  Some say cognitive ability, moral compass, logic etc. There’s no way to be sure, but in the same way that I bear my fathers image, we bear the image of the Sovereign God of the Universe.  He created us, we bear his image and He loves us.  Feeling unloved?  Dwell on that.

Second.  We were created to steward.  Biblical stewardship is the responsible management of God’s resources for God’s glory.  God created this earth with everything in it necessary for a rich life.  Out of the ground has come the basis for every economy that has ever existed in the 10,000 to 10,000,000,000 years (depending on your viewpoint) since God kicked off the party.  He gave us responsible charge of all His creation for our enjoyment and His glory.  All these things we think we own are simply new creative forms of things that God gave us to steward long ago.  Your car on an atomic level is literally and physically a gift from God!  Feeling unsatisfied? Be thankful for the gift of creation.