Why did God create humans?
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, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.” Genesis 1:26
When I observe your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you set in place,
what is a human being that you remember him,
a son of man that you look after him?
You made him little less than God
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet. Psalm 8:3-6
And they sang a new song:
You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slaughtered,
and you purchased people
for God by your blood
from every tribe and language
and people and nation.
You made them a kingdom
and priests to our God,
and they will reign on the earth. Revelation 5:9-10
Jesus called them over and said to them, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in high positions act as tyrants over them. But it is not so among you. On the contrary, whoever wants to become great among you will be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you will be a slave to all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45
God created humans to worship him by bearing his image for the world.
What does it mean to be made in God’s image? To be made in God’s likeness?
It can be startling to realize that you, the one who stares back from the mirror each morning, were created by God to reflect who he is to the world around you. He wants your love to be so radical that it stops those around you in their tracks. He wants his forgiveness and mercy to pour out of you and draw the lost and broken back to himself.
He wants you to shine with the certain knowledge that when the God of the universes considers you, he calls you his masterpiece. That’s where you should always place your identity: on the unshakeable recognition that God delights in you. He knows you more intimately than you know yourself and he proclaims that you are his. No more striving, no more seeking, no more longing to find your value, worth, or purpose.
When we place our sense of worth in the number of likes on Instagram or the cheers of the crowd, we make ourselves vulnerable to envy, jealousy, fear, and ultimately failure. Whatever it is, there will always be someone just a little better at it than us. Are you ready to stop pursuing what God has already given you?
The Bible is clear. Being made in God’s image is an inescapable fact of our existence. In our very nature we were created to be in relationship with God, to be loved by God, and to overflow with love for others. It is in this relationship that we discover the confidence, joy, and peace that we’ve been running after for so long.
That’s what it means to be in God’s image. No matter how good you’ve been. No matter how lost or bad you feel. No matter whether or not your family is proud of you, or even if you are proud of yourself. What you do or how you feel doesn’t change the fact. You were made in the image of God.
That’s your intrinsic value—your worth—and there’s nothing you can do to change it. Your worth will always come from who you are—created in God’s image—and never from what you do or don’t do.
Reflect on what it means to be made in the image of God. Think about how much you’re loved by God and how he delights in you simply because you’re his creation.