Family Resemblance


It amazes me how often people will say something to the effect of, "You look just like _______." Most of the time it is a family member. For me, it was comparisons to my uncle. I was never sure what people meant because I never saw the resemblance. Of course, I was looking at it through the lens of my own perspective. I never saw the resemblance until I saw some pictures of my uncle from the days when he was a child and teenager.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”

So God created man in His own image;
He created him in the image of God;
He created them male and female.

God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.” God also said, “Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This food will be for you, for all the wildlife of the earth, for every bird of the sky, and for every creature that crawls on the earth—everything having the breath of life in it. I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. Evening came and then morning: the sixth day.

So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. By the seventh day God completed His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done. God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it He rested from His work of creation.

These are the records of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation at the time that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. No shrub of the field had yet grown on the land, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not made it rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground. But water would come out of the ground and water the entire surface of the land. Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.

~ Genesis 1:26-2:7 (HCSB)

This is the recording of when God created man and woman. The intention of God was to create human beings with a unique characteristic: resemblance of the Creator. Though we will never be God, we can reflect the One true God through...

  • Being relational. God is a relational being Himself. Even with Himself, there is perfect relationship - the Trinity.

  • Being moral beings. God reveals to the world that He is the source of morality and enables human beings to be creations with a moral compass. No other creature has the moral capacity to know right from wrong.

  • Being authoritative. God gave authority to human beings over all things upon the earth. They were to be the constant image before all creation that God is in control and has placed humans here to care for and keep everything in order.

  • When people look at you, who are they mistaking you for? Are they seeing the family resemblance of the King or are they just seeing a created one trying to build a kingdom for themselves?