Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.-Gen 1:26-27
Four times.Four times, in two verses of the Bible,it is mentioned that we are God’s creation. Four times.We were not only created, but we were created in “His Likeness” .We were created with a purpose.Our purpose was to rule over every other living organism For God.
How often do we go to the Ministry of Home Affairs for a Birth certificate or identity document and are given these documents with a pre-planned instruction? Never. How often do we walk into a new school or a new job knowing exactly what purpose and what role we are to take during our time there? Never.
“ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”-Jeremiah 29:11
Even before the famous scripture in Jeremiah (29:11) had the Lord already made known His purpose for our lives.The story of Jeremiah was just a reminder. He had a vision for what He wanted mankind to be and a blueprint for how we should live.
Why then do we not fulfill the purpose for which we were created?
Firstly because we do not live like we are God’s special creation. No other verse in the Bible emphasizes the creation of all the other organisms like the creation of human beings. Four times God mentions how he created us. Four times He reminded us that we are His special creation.Four times…yet we do not believe that we are His special creation and because of that Four times we deny God. If we do not honor the creator we will never be able to live up to the potential with which we were created.
Secondly ,because we deny the magnificence and miracle of creation we are unable to grasp what it truly means to be created in His likeness. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines Likeness as a copy, portrait,semblance or appearance.it further explains Likeness as the quality or state of being like something or someone.It is important to grasp the power within that statement.To be created in the likeness of God means to be a “carbon copy ” of God.It means that we were not only created in His image,but we were created with His character,with His persona, with His quality and most of all with His ability. We are mirror images of God on this earth.We were created just below the angels.
It is because of this reason why we find that we don’t progress physically or Spiritually.We don’t know the power that lies within us and therefore we are unable to recognise and use that power.We are equipped,yet we have know idea how to use even the most basic tools.
So today…sit back,reflect and ask yourself where you would have been if you just BELIEVED.