“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth'” (Gen 1:26 –Gen 1:28, NKJV).
“Then God said, Let us make man in our image…” Man is the fruit of God’s Word. God spoke and we were created. And unless man comes back to God’s Word he never realizes who he really is and his purpose. But how can we know if we are hearing God’s Word? We know just like a child knows their mother after they’re born. No one needs to teach a child to drink from her mother’s breasts. Immediately the little one instinctively gravitates to his source of nourishment. So it is with us: we know God’s Word when it is spoken to us. Instinctively we recognize the voice of our Father. However, the more our reasoning minds get in the way (debating whether it’s really God’s voice) the more likely we will be deceived.
It is in God’s utterance that we find the image of God. Without the Word spoken from his mouth we cannot participate in God’s nature. It is futile to attempt to be like God or even relate to God, without his Word. Man is the extension (fruit) of God’s voice and without that voice his own voice has no real authority.
Authority comes from the living Word of God, and without that Word we usurp our God given authority. We cannot fulfil the commissions or commandments God gives us without the power and promises of God’s creative Word. As we let God’s Word make us, then and only then, can we fulfil our call.
But what is our calling? Why did God create you? What is man’s purpose? Why would God create us in light of all the pain and suffering we would have to go through? Even the righteous Job cursed the day he was born, wishing he had never seen the light of day. What is so important about us that God spoke us into existence? Even the Psalmist sat in wonder over God’s relationship to man: “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what are mere mortals that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (Psa. 8:3-4).
In our next post we will seek to answer these questions.
Prayer: Lord, my purpope is found in you and your Word. Today, may I lose myself and find you. I know that as I lose myself for you I really find you. And every answer is found in your living voice.