Image Bearer

Part One

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

[Genesis 1:26 NIV]

We have to start somewhere. The big bang theory is too vague. What God says has substance. He gives us a reason for our existence. We exist to display our Creator’s glory.  Both strategically and tragically we have failed in our task of representing God in us. But that is not the end of the story. While sin has shattered us like a mirror the image of God within us, God has provided a new mirror. Adam started the rebellion from under God’s loving rule by deciding that God was holding out on him and we continue the cycle today wanting “freedom.” We keep thinking that pursuing our own enjoyment and glory [being number 1] will bring us peace. What we have wrecked God has mercifully restored new under Jesus Christ

In 2006 playing for the Atlanta Falcons, Michael Vick became the first quarterback to rush for the illustrious 1,000 yards in a season. Though his team finished 7-9, his future looked bright. Along with his NFL salary, Vick earned money for being the face of Rawlings Sporting Goods, Nike, and other companies. In 2006 he earned an estimated $25.4 million.

One year later Michael Vick was broke and in prison for his contributions to an illegal dog-fighting ring. His estimated losses totaled $142 million, with some $50 million lost in endorsements. Rawlings and Nike did not like being represented by someone convicted of cruelty toward animals. They made the logical choice to terminate their relationship. To continue using Vick as a spokesperson would have been tantamount to promoting dog-fighting themselves.

Presidents are very careful to select Ambassadors who will correctly represent his agenda for the United States. When you represent the president, everything you do reflects on that person. God created you to represent Him and to declare His glory. The command to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1:26) was a command to you to spread God’s glory as His image-bearer to the ends of the earth. Sadly, all of us have abdicated this high calling, wrecking the image of God. Because God is the ultimate authority of all creation, our failure is not the end of the story. Through the work of His Son Jesus Christ, God is in the process of restoring what we ruined.

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