“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
There is a universal truth that boggles my mind, no matter how much I ponder its mysteries: we all come into the world the same way. Being a new father, I find myself even more dumbfounded. I hold my baby daughter in my arms and imagine, “was this really me at one point in time?” It’s hard to believe that I lived for years as a child that I can’t even remember, that all the things I do to take care of my daughter my parents once did for me. What a beautiful thread that binds us together.
In Genesis 1 we read about the beginning of human history. We all know the story: God creates humankind. We’ve all heard about it a trillion times, though I found when I slowed down, truly unpacked the verse word by word, and considered my own experience of walking through the entire pregnancy and birth experience with my wife, that this single verse from the book of Genesis held overwhelmingly beautiful truth that is crucial to everyone’s understanding of our place in the world. Truth that can truly reshape our mindset and lay a foundation for a healthier spiritual understanding.
We’re going to start with the last section of this verse. It says that God made humankind both male and female. We know how different men and women can be, though both human. Every form of media explores the differences and similarities between the sexes and looks at how we relate to one another. Even though male and female are different, they are BOTH created in the image of God. So there must be something about men and women that reflect God’s nature. Here’s the crazy part: what happens when these two different people, who both reflect the image of the creator come together in the way that He intended?
In their union they are witnesses to a fuller reflection of God and in that God gives them the power to do what previously only He could do: bring forth new life!
God shares with us life-giving power. Just as He made Adam and Eve in His image, we too are able to bring forth children that bear both His image and ours. God allows us to partner in His work and fill the world with life. This has never been more obvious and overwhelming to me as when I hold my little girl. No matter the brokenness that may have been or the circumstances surrounding it, we all came from two image-bearers joining together and expressing the God-given power to bring forth new life. What a privilege and responsibility to bear.
This truth will spurn me on to be the best dad I can possibly be. I want nothing more than to witness the truth of the Gospel to my daughter and have her know the Lord. Through being a father God has shown me a new way to connect with Him. He is the father of all, and He has blessed me in allowing me to see in a much smaller framework what being a father is all about. Praise be to Him.