We know we were created for more than the daily grind of life . . . but how does that work?
In our summer women’s Bible study at our church, we are digging into the Word to discover how to do that. We’re considering the implications of God’s calling on our lives and how to live out our purpose. We desire to spread His glory from our humble kitchens to the ends of the earth. But it takes more than passion—we need instruction and practical help in living out our calling.
The starting place for knowing how to live out that passion is knowing who you truly are . . . knowing what your purpose is . . . what you were created for!
You may have read these words a million times, but I hope you won’t miss the impact of this astounding statement:
[box]“And God said, Let us make man in our image . . . after our likeness . . .” (Gen 1:26)[/box]
Nothing else in creation is given this designation of being created in God’s IMAGE. We are created with something no other creature has: an eternal soul—in this sense we are created in the same “image” as God’s eternal being. We are created for more than this material world, created for more than enduring a daily grind of joyless existence.
We are created to know God and be known by Him. We are created with the capacity to fellowship with GOD. We alone are His image bearers!
If you aren’t blown away by that privilege then stop right now. Take a moment to reflect on what that means.
Think about it, God scooped up dirt, formed it into a lifeless shape, bent close to breathe life into the mass. This Being who does not require anything or anyone to exist, has intellectual capabilities beyond my comprehension, has unlimited power and wisdom, created all beauty, joy, and good gifts . . . this amazing God chose to create you to bear His image.
We weren’t created as “little gods” or as clones of Him . . . we don’t have unlimited power, the ability to know all things, or be omnipresent . . . but we do have the privilege of reflecting His image. We have the wonder of walking with Him and being personally connected to Him!
He made us to communicate with Him, to know Him, to enjoy Him. He is a personal God.
Does that not blow you away?
No matter how old or young, whether you are single or married, no matter your race or personality type, you were created in God’s image with the purpose of glorifying Him. You as a woman, me . . . we are created in God’s likeness, in His image . . . we’re created to IMAGE GOD—to bear His reflection.
But there is a problem. That image was marred and the relationship with this awesome God was broken when the first couple chose to sin.
Thankfully, the story doesn’t end there!
Adam and Eve experienced spiritual death, nakedness, fear, and alienation as a result of disobeying God. They became “marred” image bearers. But none of this took God by surprise, He had a plan!
Genesis 3:21 gives us a glimpse into God’s redemptive plan:
[box]“The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.”[/box]
It’s only a simple one-sentence statement, a short verse, but one packed with foreshadowing of the Great Redemptive story.
God clothed the first couple, the specific details are hidden, but a blood sacrifice is clearly implied. I believe a lamb was sacrificed to provide the clothing that would cover the first couple.
In my mind, I picture Adam and Eve transfixed as they witness a creature incapable of hostility or aggression, one of their precious lambs, quietly obeying the Creator’s call.
As their Creator laid His tender hand on the willing subject’s neck, what were their thoughts? Were they horrified at their first sight of blood as the lamb’s life ebbed away? What did they feel as they watched an innocent creature bearing their death penalty and providing the necessary covering for their sin?
I wonder if they relived the horror of that scene every time they dressed in their lambskin garments. Someday we may be clued in on more of the details, but for now we understand that this sacrifice would be the first foreshadowing of the Lamb slain for the sin of the world.
This was the first hint of the ultimate sacrifice made at the Cross.
The shadow of the cross falls across the guilty pair as the first blood is shed—a sacrificial animal, slain to provide garments to cover man’s nakedness. This redemptive act points to the Lamb “slain from the foundation of the world” whose holy blood would serve as man’s only atonement (2 Corinthians 5:21; Revelation 5:6–14).
Through the cross, our ability to serve as God’s image-bearers was restored.
Before we can talk about how God wants to use us uniquely as women, we first need to understand that our true selves—who we are truly created to be, our true purpose—is image bearers of God. Tomorrow I’ll go into more detail about what that looks like for our gender and how we can do that practically.
I hope you’ll consider today the wonder of being created as God’s image bearer.