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In the Image of God
By Rev. Mark Hetrick   
Monday, April 18


Scripture
“So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”  (Genesis 1:27)

Devotion
My dad was an educator—a teacher/coach, school administrator, and later, a university professor.  But by trade, he was a plasterer, a skill he learned from his father and practiced on the side.
 
As a teenager, I worked with him on his Saturday plastering jobs and each day started with breakfast at a restaurant.  Since my dad never met a stranger, he invariably would develop a conversation with someone.  And during this chat, he would introduce me as his son.

“Why, you’re the ‘spittin’ image’ of your old man,” this new acquaintance would declare.  Or sometimes, I might hear, “You’re a ‘chip off the old block!”  Evidently, there was a striking family resemblance!


Scripture affirms that every person is created in the “image of God.”  You are created in God’s image.  So am I.  We bear a striking family resemblanceto our Creator.  But what does this mean?

To be created in God’s image means that we have personality, rationality, and free will.  It also involves being stewards of creation and living in relationship with God and others.

But there’s yet another meaning to being made in God’s image: creativity.  God is the Creator.  And when God created us in his image, God shared with us this ability to create.  Not on the same scale, granted, and not in equal amounts; yet each person is able “to create” because we are made in the image of God.

We’re most familiar with creativity in artists and musicians, but it’s an ability we ALL possess.  Preparing a meal is an act of creation, as are gardening, quilting, and woodworking.  Building a home, sewing clothes, and writing a contract involve creativity.  Performing surgery and applying a band-aid are creative acts.  So is making a new friend or
re-connecting with an old one.

When we pray, we join with God in creating whatever is needed in the lives of others.  When we give, we create new possibilities for life and goodness in our community and world.  When we worship together, we engage in an act of creation.  Every worship service is created and offered by all of us (not just the preacher, choir, or praise band) to God as an expression of our love and gratitude.  Much of what we do every day involves acts of creation.    So, what have you been creating lately?

Prayer
Creator God, as your child made in your image, I thank you for the ability to create.  May my creativity always be expressed in ways that result in goodness and beauty for others and glory for you.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Other scripture references  Genesis 1; John 1:1-4; Psalm 8:3-6

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