Who are We?
As Christians, one of the core beliefs that we hold is the idea that we are created in the image and likeness of God. This concept is first introduced in Genesis 1:26, where it states that God created humans "in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."
But what does it mean to be created in God's image and likeness? One way to interpret this is that we are given the ability to think, reason, and make decisions in a manner similar to God. We are also given the ability to love and be compassionate, just as God is loving and compassionate.
But being created in God's image and likeness goes beyond just our individual abilities and characteristics. It also means that we are a part of a larger community, and that our individual identities are intertwined with the identities of those around us.
In many ways, this concept runs counter to the idea of individualism that is so prevalent in our society. Instead of focusing solely on our own wants and needs, we are called to consider the needs of others and work together for the common good.
This idea of community and interconnectedness is especially important in the Christian faith. We are not just isolated individuals, but rather a part of a larger body of believers. Just as each part of the body has a specific function and purpose, we each have a role to play in the larger community of faith.
But being created in God's image and likeness also means that we are expected to continue on the work of creation. Just as God created the world and all of its inhabitants, we are called to continue on this work by creating and building up the world around us. This can take many forms, from creating new businesses and organizations to simply being kind and compassionate to those around us.