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
Look at your children and see them in His image, easy right? Now look at your neighbors children and see them in His image, is it a little harder? Think of all the people who you saw today did any of them disgust you, appear inferior, less deserving, did any of them smell funny, did any of them ask you for money? Or did you only see people who reminded you of you? Did you see the man in the suit in the same way as you saw the young person in the baggy clothing? Are we blinded by qualifications instead of seeing image bearers? Why be so impressed by the clothing, the status, the smell, or lack thereof rather than the being? What is there really about your neighbor that makes them less created than you? In His image is a truth not a falsehood to separate us, but for us to see God. Look closely at the person you sum up in a glance. You are turning your nose up to God. You are dismissing someone because of their skin, their hair, their clothing, their smell. It’s easy though. We can’t see character. Integrity. Heart. We can’t see a mother, father, son, daughter, sister, brother at first glance. We can’t see His image in them. And that’s a shame. That we need a reason to see a person. You have a job, then I see you. You have a house, then I see you. You have a car, then I see you. You have a designer label on, then I see you. But in His image is none of those things, requires none of those things. God’s reflection graces us all. He stands out in everyone you see. And if He doesn’t then it’s personal, between you and God. Not the person on the street. Not the person at the bus stop. Not the person who smells good or bad. Not the person who doesn’t appeal or appear to you. The character of God, in Jesus, didn’t walk around well dressed but He was noticed—for seeing, for touching, for healing, the lame, the beggar, the poor, the seemingly different because they were in His Father’s image. For a person to see himself above the likeness of any of these walks around looking into a broken mirror themselves. Look up and ask Him for forgiveness. In His image is to be loved by Him. To be just as created as the next person and the next person and the next. Pray, we all, to see others in His image. In the name of Jesus.