January 7, 2021
read all of Genesis 1
I promised a word of reflection to close each week and our word this week is a theological term that comes from this initial story of creation. Imago dei - the image of God. The story of creation is clear that humanity is created in the image of God. John Wesley understood this to take on three dimensions - the natural image (we are spiritual beings with freedom of will); the political image (read carefully - this means simply that we are given stewardship of all aspects of the created world); and the moral mage (meaning that we are intended for holiness). This understanding of our place in the story has shaped Methodist tradition for hundreds of years, and continues to shape how we live in relationship with God, with others, and with the world.
We allow the story to remind us that all of humanity is created in the image of God - even those who we may not like; who think and live differently; those with whom we strongly disagree; those we fear. This too, is an important element of the story, which we will see played out in countless ways.
For today, reflect on this question: What does it mean that YOU are created in the image of God? How have you embraced this theological truth?