God’s Story For Your Life


God’s Story For Your Life

Day 1
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Genesis 1:1-2:3

In the very beginning, God creates all
things.

In His Image
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Read
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Then God said,
“Let us make human beings in our image, to be like ourselves.
They will reign
over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock,
all the wild
animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along
the
ground.”

So God created human beings in his own image. In the
image of God he created
them; male and female he created them. / (Genesis
1:26-27)

Reflect
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God chose to create human beings different
from the other animals, in his
image—both male and female—and he gave them
authority over all other living
creatures. This gives us great value and
raises an important question: In what
ways are we made in God’s
image?

God obviously did not create us exactly like himself, because God
has no
physical body. Instead, we reflect God’s glory. Some believe that our
reason,
creativity, speech, or self-determination is the image of God. More
likely,
our entire self is what reflects the image of God. We will never be
totally
like God because he is our supreme creator. But we do have the
ability to
reflect his character in our love, patience, forgiveness,
kindness, and
faithfulness.

Knowing that we are made in God’s image
and that we share many of his
characteristics provides a solid basis for
self-worth. Human worth is not
based on possessions, achievements, physical
attractiveness, or public
acclaim; instead, it is based on being made in
God’s image. Because we bear
God’s image, we can feel confident in who we
are. Criticizing ourselves is
discounting what God has made and the abilities
he has given us.

Knowing that you are a person of worth helps you love
God, know him
personally, and contribute meaningfully to the lives of those
around you.

Respond
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Stop and thank God for creating you in
his image. You are his unique creation
and he loves you. Thank him for your
special gifts, talents, abilities,
physical characteristics, emotional
makeup, and personality. And ask him to
help you respect others, even those
you don’t get along with, because they are
his image-bearers as well.

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