Day 1 of 40

Least of These

GENESIS 1:26-27

26 Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small. ” 27 So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female,

PRAY: God connect with me here, as I seek you in your Word.

READ: Genesis 1:26-27

Many have argued over what it really means to be “made in God’s image,” but at the very least, it indicates something profoundly significant about humans. To mistreat people is to forget this crucial fact: they are made in the image of God. This affects not only who we are, but how we behave.

These words in Genesis help us understand that each of us - every man, woman and child - bears God’s stamp. As we understand and live this out, our lives reflect the One who created us. Instead of oppressing others, we empower them; instead of standing idle, we get involved. We stand up for justice, speak out for the powerless, and love the unloved.

Why? Because we’re taking after our Father in heaven.

REFLECT: What if you were to wear a badge all the time that said “made in God’s image”?

RESPOND: Build up a picture of what God is like. Every time you read the Bible, write down what it tells you about God, perhaps in a journal.

Lord, I look at the stars at night, and I wonder why you care about us. I look at the earth, and I wonder why you’ve given us such immense responsibility. You are the ruler and yet you trust us to rule. You are amazing!