Work in the Image of God

In Genesis 1:26 – 31 we see the Trinity create humanity in Their image and after Their likeness.

Genesis 1:26 – 31 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, after our likeness, so they may rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move on the earth.

God created humankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them,
male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it! Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that moves on the ground.”  Then God said, “I now give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the entire earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.  And to all the animals of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to all the creatures that move on the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.” It was so.

God saw all that he had made – and it was very good! There was evening, and there was morning, the sixth day. (NET)

There is extreme and bottomless theological depth within the concept of being created in the image of God.  Humanity created in the image of the Trinity has many implications.  This is not the place to expound on all of them and I am not the person to do that exposition.  However, I am going to draw some conclusions as they pertain to our topic of work.

The Trinity says let us make humanity in our image and then immediately gives them tasks.   The image of God within us directly precedes our assignment to rule.  Our authority and ability to rule is derivative upon our being created in God’s image.  Our assignment, our task, our work to rule is dependent upon us being like God.  Something about being created in the image of God helps us to work.  Somehow we can look like God when we work.  We can demonstrate what God is like through our work.

How can we reflect the image of God through our work?  That will be a question we return to often in this blog.  But one easy answer is that we can look like God in our work because God himself is a worker.  We can look like God because we can work like God. How can we work like God?  He is infinite and we are not.  He is all-powerful and we are not.  He is perfect and we are not.  We are unlike God in many ways, so how could we possibly work like God?  That is why we need the image of God within us to be able to work like God.  Although, on the surface there are many limiting factors that should not allow us to work like God I think if we closely examine how God has worked and is working we will many points of intersection through which we can work like God.  As you ponder the work of God, examine some of the characteristic work of God as it relates to each part of the Trinity.

God the Father as a Worker will be the topic of Saturday’s blog.  Tomorrow we will have our first guest author.

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About Brian Musser

Rev. Brian Musser is the Baptist Campus Minister at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. View all posts by Brian Musser

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