1/1 Genesis 1:27

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

This verse tells us of the reason that every life is precious. Man and woman were created in the image of God (Imago Dei). We wonder how such a glorious beginning could result in the chaotic and brutal world around us. The world calls it survival of the fittest. The next chapter will tell us the real reason, sin. Our rebellion against God and His instructions for our good marred that image. Yet, in every human there is the potential for it to be restored. This is why those who believe in the Bible are opposed to abortion. The life in the womb is in the image of God and therefore is sacred. Every life is sacred. That is why God commanded us not to kill (Exodus 20:13).

Our existence should be a journey to restore the image. It is a journey to the cross where our punishment for rebellion was paid, but it goes on from there. Each day we should be dying a little more to the marred way of life and see the image brought out more clearly in all we do and say. The cross sanctifies us in the sight of God, but it is our daily walk with His Holy Spirit that restores that image in the way we live each day.

Contemplation: Am I seeing the image of God restored more fully in my life each day? Am I yielding to the restoration of the image of God by the work of the Holy Spirit in me?