When God created Adam and Eve, the Bible tells us that he made them in his own image, Genesis 1:26. While this passage does not fully explain what this means, we often think of it in the following terms:
Rationality: we have the ability to reason and to speak. We can make decisions apart from our heredity and culture, Joshua 24:15
Aesthetic awareness: ability to appreciate and create things of beauty reflecting God’s work, Genesis 1:28, 2:15.
Religious capacity: the elusive aspect of human nature that draws us to worship, John 4:24.
Relational mutuality: our interpersonal nature in marriage (Genesis 1:27, 2:18) and social contexts (Genesis 4:9, Galatians 6:10).
Morality: humanity’s ability to tell right from wrong, since the Law of God is written on our hearts, Romans 2:15.
Volition: free will, allowing us to exercise self-determination (Psalm 32:9).
Function: the “dominion” granted to humanity, the Godlike authority to rule over creation (Genesis 1:26, Psalm 8:5-8).
We see from this the image of God is a remarkable reality that sets mankind at the apex of creation. God holds a very high view of humanity. Of course our culture teaches us to think of human beings as simply another species of animal, but the Psalmist says of us, “You have made them a little lower than God, and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him control over the works of your hands; you have put all things under your feet.” Psalm 8:5-6. Each person is a reflection of the greatness and glory of God. The implications of this picture of humanity are immense. How can created creatures know the incomprehensible God? It’s because we are made for that very purpose. Every part of our lives is designed to be a reflection of our master. Does your life reflect God?