He created him in the image of God.
He created them male and female."
Every time I read this verse, it seems that I gain a new understanding. It was no different today when I read it.
There are several views on the first three chapters of Genesis. However, there is one thing that every Christian should agree on: this verse (Genesis 1:27) is not in the opening chapter of the first book of the Bible for no reason. It has a purpose, and it has a meaning.
It is clear that if God made man in His own image, it wasn't without a reason. In the immediate context of this passage, it is clear that God made man in His image so that man would rule over and take care of His creation. In the larger context of Scripture, however, it becomes clear that God made man in His image because He wanted man to be like Him. That is, He wanted mankind to imitate His character, to be somewhat of a reflection of Him.
Let me be clear: I am not saying, as the Mormons do, that we will one day be gods. Scripture is very clear that we will not. I am saying that God wants us to reflect His character, to be like Him. We need to reflect His love, peace, etc, to the rest of the world.
Today starts a new day, and a new year. While many people make New Year's resolutions, I am proposing one that we all should consider. Let's all try to do our best to reflect the character of God to the rest of the world. If we take baby steps each day, one day we can look back and see that we have come miles from where we once were. Pray, and ask God where He would like you to begin. Then, follow through with it. I will be doing the same.