Thursday, December 11, 2014

Genesis 1 Devotional - What God Sees

Scripture: Genesis 1:26-27
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

Genesis 1 tells us that God made humanity in His image. But it wasn't in God the Father's image alone. It was in Their image. God made us to be an image, or something that looks like, Themselves. We were made to be a type of mirror for God to look into and see Themselves reflected back.

So, what does God see when They look at Themselves?

God sees perfection. Wholeness. Love. Power. Grace, kindness, peace. Perfection. When God the Father looks at God the Son, that’s what He sees. When the Spirit looks at the Father, He admires Him for all of those qualities.

And if God made us to be a reflection of Themselves, what they see in us is all of those qualities shining back at Them. This isn't to say that God doesn't see our imperfections and sin, but it is to say that despite our imperfections, God still sees Their good, complete qualities in us. They see both at the same time. This is how much God loves and values us. They value us as They value Themselves. And this is what makes Them sacrifice and give Themselves for us. This is what makes us worthy of redemption.

If you don’t feel worthy today, remember how God sees you. He sees you as Himself.

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