God's Likeness
Genesis 1:25-31

We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

For most of us who have lived in bondage to our addictions, it's probably very easy for us to see the bad lurking within. It's much harder to see the qualities we have that are good or excellent. We may tend to see life in terms of all or nothing, good or bad. But we need to recognize that along with our shortcomings, we have also been made with an incredible potential for good.

At the end of the fifth day of creation, God had made everything except man and woman. "And God saw that it was good" (Genesis 1:25). Then God created man and woman. "In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, 'Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals.' . . . Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!" (Genesis 1:27-28, 31).

God made a distinction between his estimation of mankind and the rest of creation. He saw us as very good! We were made in the image of God, with capacities far beyond mere animals. God was, and is, excited about us! He gave us abilities and responsibilities to reflect his own nature in all of creation.

Although we have a sin nature that came after the Fall, we are still created in the likeness of God. In doing our inventory, we need to see the good as well as the bad. Let's remind ourselves of the goodness and dignity inherent in being human as we honestly look at those things which miss the mark.

We are made to be like God and therefore share many of his characteristics and feelings.