Why do you think God made beings in His own image? Remember that when He created the human race He said this:
Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness
– Genesis 1:26
We are His only creation of which He said this. That’s what sets us apart from other animals; we have a spirit, just as God is Spirit. Why did God do it?
So that we can enjoy a relationship with Him
Because you and I have spirit (or a soul), we can relate with God on a deeper level. The Bible talks about how all creatures look to God for their food (Psalm 104:27), but no animal can enjoy a living relationship with the Lord of the universe in the same way that you and I can. That’s because God created us in His image. None of creation can experience God like we can.
Part of God’s plan in creating us in His image is that we might enjoy Him.
So that we can exalt His name throughout the earth
But it goes deeper still. Because you and I have a spirit, we can glorify God on a deeper level. The Bible says that the heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1), but none of creation can declare Gods glory out of free will except for humankind. Once again, that’s because God created us in His image. None of creation can lift up God’s name out of free will like we can.
Part of God’s plan in creating us in His image is that we might exalt Him.
These two purposes go hand in hand
Throughout the God’s Word, we see our enjoyment of God coupled with the exaltation of His name time and time again. Let’s go on a Bible verse spree:
And who is like your people Israel – the one nation on the earth that God went out to redeem as a people for himself, and to make a name for himself
– 2 Samuel 7:23
Notice He redeems Israel for their enjoyment and makes Himself a name for His exaltation.
But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!”
– Psalm 70:4
Again, there’s our enjoyment of God alongside the exaltation of His name.
And it is my prayer that your love abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernement, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
– Philippians 1:9-11
Getting the picture? God is glorified when we enjoy Him the way we were created to enjoy Him.
Go forth and enjoy God
This ends another blog post. My prayer for you, dear reader, is that you would live your life enjoying a relationship with God and, therefore, exalting His name. Do you?