God Creates Man in the Trinitarian Image
Our Father, through Jesus, created us out of the same clay, but differentiated us by lovingly and intricately shaping us into his image and breathing the breath of life—of communion with God through his Spirit—into us. He created us for relationship with him, because the Father, Son, and Spirit are, by nature, relational.
He lifted us up out of the soil so that our roots would plunge deep into our relationship with God for our sustenance. Out of the least interesting thing we’ve ever encountered—dirt—God created man to show his love and glory. This should lead us into two things: worship and humility.
- Worship: because whoever could make something as incredible as a human being from a pile of lifeless soil? His glory and majesty shines through in this coming together of spirit, flesh, and breath—creativity and beauty coupled with communication and the sharing of love and ideas. Just spend a few moments outside on a clear night, the peace and beauty of the diamond-studded, ebony skies is enough to hush the unrest in our longing hearts (Ps. 19:1-6). That is worship—the awareness of his presence and the acknowledgement of his Kingship, the proclamation of his worthiness—adoration because of who he is.
- Humility: Repeated through our struggles with both thinking too highly of ourselves and our bent towards selfish independence, God reminds us “You are dust, and you will return to dust” (Gen. 3:19). But his love and attention remain on us as cherished sons and daughters of his kingdom. The warning is that when we exalt ourselves above God, we trade our glorification for the death of our relationship with God. That is why we are exhorted many times to “humble ourselves” and let God exalt us (1 Pet. 5:6). Jesus demonstrated this for us during his time on earth—listening, humbling himself, seeking God the Father’s will, and obeying the Father’s commands.
Let us lay down our pride and independence to seek to relationally connect with and obey our Father this week.