Made in God's Image

Daniel Denk

READ : Genesis 1:27-31

So God created man in his image. (v. 27 NIV)

Theologians have long debated what it means that men and women are made in the image of God. Surely it includes such things as our moral nature, our self-consciousness, our personality, our intellect, and our will.

However, when we look carefully at the context we discover some clues of what God means by making us in his image and likeness. It is found in the first commands given, sometimes called the creation mandate. Immediately following this poetic description of being made in the image of God is a series of commands:

  • Be fruitful and increase in number
  • Fill the earth
  • Subdue the earth
  • Rule over all the creatures
  • Eat the plants as food
  • Work the garden and care for it (2:15)
  • Name the animals (2:19)

This is starting to sound a lot like work – work with dignity and meaning! What has happened? The God who works made us in his image to be workers, just like him. Clearly, work is a gift of God built into the original creation. It is not a curse resulting from the fall, though it has been affected by the fall.

Sometimes the daily grind becomes drudgery, but the truth is, when we work we express the image of God – the very image of our Creator, who himself is a worker.


Thank you, Lord, for the privilege of working for you.