‘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
To begin comprehending the image of God, we must turn to the Bible. There is much said throughout the scriptures about living in God’s image and His likeness, which is fundamentally, what being a Human is all about, or at least the sort of Human God intended for us to be!
Now, it is more common for us to consider living in God’s image and likeness to be the fundamental aspect of what being a Christian is all about, ultimately this is a profound truth as Christ, in all of His glory came to earth to remind us of what this truly meant, a true signifier of how Humans live in God’s image and likeness.
It is often said that babies are born innocent and then become corrupted by the world as they grow and develop into adults. When we look at what the Bible says about this, we can see that this statement is extremely biblical. ‘You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness found you’ Ezekial 28: 15. This was said to the king of Tyre. In our egocentric societies a lot people today have developed a sense of kingship, this sense of entitlement that causes such chaos in this beautiful and precious world.
It goes on, ‘Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendour. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before the kings’ Ezekial 28: 17. The words of God here really reflect the societies we have developed, particularly in the west which is known to be an individualistic culture. That tells us there is a lot of self-centred behaviour going on, the exact opposite of what Jesus came to, and continues to, teach us today!
This self-centred behaviour arises due to an imbalance in our hearts, minds and bodies, as that verse from Ezekial clearly highlights which is also supported by this week’s meditations from Centre for Action and Contemplation! In the verse this imbalance is clear in the first sentence, ‘Your heart became proud on account of your beauty and you lost your wisdom because of your splendour’. The imbalance for the king of Tyre is that there is much focus on the body and the obtainment of beauty, which has imbalanced his heart. He also offsets his wisdom because of his splendour which is defined as a state of being splendid, or to define something with beauty or impressive appearance.
The king of Tyre inevitably ended up humiliated and destroyed as this is God’s promise to us. ‘By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching. All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more.’ Ezekial 28: 18-19.
It is not God’s wish for us to come to this end, it is His wish for us to live in His image and likeness and return to His Kingdom! To do this we have to bring ourselves back to centre and find that much needed balance between our heart, mind and body. Looking to Jesus our Saviour and walking with Christ provides much that we need to maintain this balance, however, complacency can hinder diligence, so be vigilant, meditate regularly, pray and worship, remain humble, seek spiritual guidance, live in faith, utilise the fruits of the spirit and above all remember; ‘A new commandment I give to you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must Love one another.’ John 13: 34!
The Bible verses referenced are from the NIV bible.