Made in the image of God

Hello again!

As you know, “Up!” has been on pause for a week while I’ve been away for some dedicated study time. As of today, the devotional returns to your feed or email inbox five days a week—Monday to Friday!

A lot has happened in the past seven days. There is a lot of hurt. A lot of pain.

Much of it has to do with the horrible death of George Floyd, known to many who knew him as “Big Floyd”—a person of peace, and a mentor to many young men.*

You can’t watch the news or scroll your feed without seeing calls for a world that is more just. And there is certainly a lot in our world which needs a massive dose of justice.

In light of that, it’s important to know where our hopes for less racism and more equality are rooted.

We could look no further than Genesis 1:27. There we’re told that “God created mankind in his own image…” Because of that, each person is to be given dignity and respect since they are created in the image of God. It’s a passage that is applicable to all people.

I also think of Colossians 3:11. As we put on our “new self” as followers of Jesus, “there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.”

Christ is “in” those who put their trust in him. The NLT version of the Bible translates that last section of verse 11 like this: “Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.”

Our hope for less racism and more equality is rooted in God—the One who made all people in his own image, who infuses each person with dignity (regardless of skin colour), who calls us to love one another (1 John 4:7), and who even takes up residence in those who puts their trust in Christ, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).

By Matthew Ruttan

–*Some helpful information about George Floyd is found in this article from Christianity Today magazine: “George Floyd Left a Gospel Legacy in Houston.”

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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