Together in Christ: 'Humanity in God-likeness' — Genesis 1:26, 27

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

Then God said, "Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us."

. . .

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them...

— Genesis 1:26, 27 NLT

Key Thought

Over the last few years, I have watched several survival-based television shows. Consistently they remind their viewers that the hardest challenges for long-term survival are NOT brutal physical conditions or food shortages. Rather, isolation from human contact and the absence of human interaction are the most difficult parts of the survivalists' struggles. These tough individuals admit they yearn for another person to be with them as they face their challenges.

Our passage today shows us the relational significance behind their struggle. As humans, God made us in His image and likeness. He fashioned us for relationships. The Scriptures emphasize God's relational nature in creating us by using the plural pronouns "Our" and "Us" to refer to Himself — God as Father, Son, and Spirit. We were made in the image of God, who is described by "Us" and "Our"! The God of relationships created us for fellowship with Him and with others. [1] Despite the challenges, wounds, confusion, and disappointments we sometimes face from our relationship with others, let's also remember that life becomes untenable without genuine fellowship. We must learn to enrich and redeem our relationships with others as we draw closer to God. [2] We need the fellowship of others not only to survive but also to thrive. Fellowship is a part of both our physical and our spiritual DNA!

[1] Genesis 2:18, 3:8-9.
[2] Psalm 73:28; Amos 5:4-6; Zechariah 1:3; Hebrews 7:18-19, 10:19-22; James 4:8.

Today's Prayer

O, God, at times people's demands on my life have wearied my soul. Yet, dear Father, I know I need the loving fellowship of both my physical family and my spiritual family. Forgive me for my impatience and overly critical spirit toward their irritations and imperfections; I know that I have these same deficiencies. Thank you for every kind word they have spoken, each touch of hospitality they have given, and each flaw of mine they have forgiven. I ask that You help me become a better friend and spiritual family member to each person You bring into my circle of relationships. In Jesus' name, dear God, I thank You for Your people in my life. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Genesis 2:15-25
  • 2 Timothy 4:9-18; Mark 14:50

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. . .

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them...

About This Devotional

Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.

'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.

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