When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them.
How many of us have self image issues? I know I do. I have hurt my husband a numerous account when he has told me how beautiful I am, and I gave him an eye-roll and walked away - rejecting the words of encouragement and admiration. When I read this verse, I can't tell you how many "I'm sorry"s come to my mind as I deal with the same amount of twinges of regrets.
I am the very image of God. When I look in the mirror ... I am looking at the image of God! That holds a lot of weight and also brings a huge responsibility. Because it is more than the physical appearance -but there is something created in each one of us to be just like Him! How did I treat the homeless man on the corner? How did I attend to my daughter's needs? What part did I contribute to the community service project? How am I supporting the service man who is giving their all for me? What part am I doing at my church? How am I helping my husband? How am I loving him?
Am I looking to see God? And how is that image living through me?
And now turn this verse around. The neighbors who drive me crazy, the in-laws that I can't seem to get along with, the homeless, the babies, the elderly, the addicts, the racist, the lawyer, the politician, the mailman and the list goes on .... they too are created in His image. Have I taken the time to see the likeness of God in them, or have I rejected Him just the same?
My husband is onto something when he compliments my looks. I need to stop, ponder, listen and look deep into his eyes... because perhaps it is the likeness of God in Him speaking to the likeness of God in me!