Week 2 | Genesis 1:26-28, 2:4-15 | Steve Bernard
“So God created mankind in his own image” ― Genesis 1:27
"The 'image of God' verses in Genesis 1 show us that our ordinary human work is an essential aspect of deepening our relationship with God – what today we might call being transformed into his image. Our relationship with God, our imaging him, is our essence as humans – while the working activity is the expression and realization of that essence."― Darrell Cosden, The Heavenly Good of Earthly Work
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.
What this Bible Project video explaining 'Image of God'
Watch this testimony of Hans Hess, founder of Elevation Burger, who speaks about his responsibility as a Christian relating to his business' products and services.
Is there something from today's readings or teaching where you sensed God speaking to you, or us?
How does the role of ruling and subduing apply to your work in this world?
What practices might we put in place that will help us to represent God, and work with Him in the roles he has given each of us?
A closing prayer:
Our Father and Creator,
all that we have and all that we are is from your hand.
We come to you and ask that you do with us
what best serves the full arrival of your reign on earth.
In the name of Jesus and the power of your Spirit. Amen.