Imago Dei means “image of God” in Latin. Did you know we are all created in the image of God? Your postal worker, your uber driver, the cashier at Ralphs, the baby in the stroller, the inmate – you get the idea – all of us.
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.~ Genesis 1:27 NIV
When you think of people this way, it changes your attitude towards them. They were created in God’s image. They were meant to have relationship with God. They were meant to be in sync with God’s plans for them. We all know people who don’t fit those descriptions. They don’t know God and some, even deny His existence. Yet, they are still created in His image.
The path to God is narrow. Many miss it. Many ignore it. Many don’t even try to find it. Some flat out reject it. There is only one way to have relationship with Him – through belief in His Son, Jesus.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ~ John 14:6 NIV
I know I have shared this before. However, the concept of seeing others as God sees them, is helping me deal with our polarized country. Whether you voted for Trump or Biden doesn’t matter to me. What matters is that you are a person created in God’s image. You are valuable to God. You matter to Him. If I vilify you because you voted differently than I or you chose to have Thanksgiving with all 50 of your relatives, you are still valuable to God. Who am I to question that? I don’t have to attend your super-spreader Thanksgiving gathering (OK a bit of my opinion leaked through here.) I don’t have to agree with your candidate’s positions on the economy. I do have to value you. I do have to be kind to you. I am called to value you. I am called to be kind to you. You are made in God’s image.
I was reminded of this truth this week. I wanted to remind you of this truth too. Let’s allow it to make a difference in our interaction with others. Others who also made in the image of God.
Dream Big! Pray Big!