Implications of Imago Dei

Imago Dei Image of God

“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27, NASB)

God spoke the earth and the universe into existence. Scripture said that it was good. The sun by day and the moon by night, the stars in the heavenliness, the flying creatures and the monsters of the deep, the animals that crawl, the trees that bear fruit, the plants for food and the plants for beauty — everything that was created reflected the glory of the Creator. And yet, God felt it was incomplete.

There must be one to reflect His likeness and image. There must be one who would take care of creation. God created man, and man was made in His image.

What does this mean for us?

First, God gave you creative powers. After God created the universe, He created man in His own image. The context is creation; therefore, I believe that man possesses a shadow of God’s creative power.

That is why man is able create the impossible. Man continues to create taller buildings. Man continues to discover and concoct medicine for different types of diseases. Man invented flying machines. Man launched himself through rockets to outer space. Man continues to improve the way we communicate with each other through technology.

There is god-like creative powers within us. Some say that some people are creative and some are not. I believe that to be false. Picasso believed that every child is an artist. I think we lose it when we school ourselves out of it. Most schools give little time to bring out our creative potentials. Therefore, we must harness our God-given abilities ourselves.

It begins with belief. Do you believe that you have the image and likeness of God? If you do, do you also believe that the power within you is immense? Do you believe that you are able to find solutions to difficult problems? Do you believe that you have the capacity to do more for mankind?

If you believe, you will be able to accomplish things you thought were impossible. If you do not believe, you will achieve less.

Second, God mandates you to rule over creation. To take dominion over the earth is to rule over it. “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth,” (Genesis 1:28).

Come to think of it, God gave us creation because He intended His creation to take care of us. God made the earth for mankind. He gave us the plants and fruits for food. We are to inhabit and propagate. However, this gift comes with a responsibility. As God allowed creation to take care of us, He also expects us to take care of creation.

If we take care of God’s creation, creation will take care of us. That is why man must stop destroying creation for selfish ambition. We continue to destroy our  forests, our seas, our mountains, the ozone layer, and in doing so, we slowly destroy ourselves. We must think of how to better take care of God’s gift. Because if we don’t, the consequences are unthinkable.

There are simple ways we can do to take care of creation: (1) fight illegal loggers, (2) plant more trees, (3) responsible waste management like segregating your trash at home, (4) responsible water management, (5) promote natural farming, (6) grow your own food, (7) educate people on how to protect the earth, (8) influence the powers that be, and (9) pray.

Step up.

God gave man the privilege to reflect His image to all creation. Yet God also gave man the responsibility to take care of the earth. The question is, what are we going to do about it? Shall we continue on a heedless path, simply existing, and living our own individual lives, or shall we fulfil the purpose given to us?

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