Christian Living

By Design

Inspired by “The Rs” in Elyse Fitzpatrick’s Helper By Design: God’s Perfect Plan for Women in Marriage. 


6 Ways We Are Made in His Image 

1. RULE

He, the King of Kings, has allowed everything to be and dictates how it should be. In His supreme plan He also set mankind over the rest of His creation.

God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Genesis 1:26

We can stroll down sandy shores, plow for the fields of cotton, sew the skirt for the runway, and sprint across the finish line. All by His power. All because of His mercy. All for His delight, His glory. Let us never take this beautiful responsibility for granted, let us take part in His Kingdom work, until He restores it to fullness in the eternal days. Let us be faithful with our hands, satisfied with our stewardship, no matter where we are.

2. RELATE

The Lord, He is One—Father, Spirit, Son. Together in glory, intricately independent. The bond so close between the three, a wondrous relationship of leadership, submission, and unity. This God, the threefold majesty, is relational. He made man and woman in His triune likeness, inventing human relationships.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

Furthermore, He extends friendship to those who fear His Name, who see the cross, empty tomb, and are humbled. And our vibrant communities and cultures mirror His relatable nature. May we seek to bring His absolute love to everyone, to those made in His likeness. Let not our sin dominate our social connections, but let us display His forgiveness, kindness, truth and lead many to salvation.

3. REPRODUCE

Oh the cry of new life! The Lord knits souls in the womb, and then we have the blessing of bearing and raising them in His ways!

And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:28

We are His children, and He allows us to build the next generations. He provides all that we need, like for the sparrow that sings, and we can nurture and disciple whomever He brings. This could go beyond the child, but to the neighbor next door, another player on the team, or a coworker in need. May we continue to be useful vessels, to partner with Him as He brings new spiritual life.

4. REFLECT

God established the earth and He reflected upon all He had done. He declared it good, with one exception. Adam was alone, and it was time for Eve to be.

Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Genesis 2:18

In the same way, we can pause and ponder over His mighty works. Do you admire the beauty of His sovereignty? Is the Spirit leading your life? What progress has already occurred, and what is yet to come? Consider what is indeed good, and what may be lacking. Pray for ways to grow in Your love for Him, calling upon His sufficiency.

5. REJOICE

God the Father was greatly pleased with His Son (Matthew 3:17), and Adam celebrated the arrival of Eve.

Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Genesis 2:23

Praise and jubilee are abundant in His presence, in His perfect holiness. He gives us grace in every smile, in every laugh, in every leaping heart. Let us abound in thanksgiving to this joyful God, let us adore His character and reflect His glorious ways.

6. REST

God rested at the conclusion of His creation. He founded the Sabbath, a day committed to fellowship with Him.

And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. Genesis 2:2-3

In Him we find our energy, our purpose, our passion, and in Him we must be healed of our iniquity, embrace His perfect comfort, and acknowledge our dependency. We must take the time to be still, in prayer and petition, in weeping and singing, in weariness and gratefulness, at His feet.

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