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In the last post we explored our identity as expressed in the ancient creation poem (Genesis 1). The poem states that we are created in the Image of God. In other words, we are created to be the children of God.

While that reality provides us with some great clarity for who we are as individuals, the implications do not stop there.

One of the most amazing things about the Image of God in the creation poem in Genesis is that it claims to be true for all people. Unlike other creation stories of the day which claimed that the king, royalty, or priest alone were created in God’s Likeness, the Genesis creation poem claims that all people, male and female, were created in the Image of God.

It is simply an amazing claim.

It changes everything.

Just think about the implications …

with our family and friends …

with our neighbors …

with our co-workers …

with the people we think are wrong …

with the poor and marginalized, the outcasts of society …

and yes, even with our enemies.

All of them are created in the Likeness of God.

All of them have the Image of God as their core identity … regardless of whether we embrace that reality or not.

What if we began to live like Genesis 1 was true, not just about who we are, but also who others are?

What kind of world would it be?

What would need to change in my life, in your life?

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