Created in the image of God

My husband was a youth pastor forkids at the pond many years. One of his greatest passions was, and still is, to see young people take a hold of their identity in Christ. I remember a message he shared on this subject where he referenced the movie, “The Lion King.” He used the scene where Simba is chasing Rafiki through the jungle trying to make sense of who Rafiki is. At one point Rafiki tells simba that he knows who he is and that he is “Mufasa’s boy.” Simba stops him and asks, “You knew my father?” and Rafiki says, “Correction, I know your father!” (My husband had mastered Rafiki’s voice as well as the “Asupa sana Squash banana…”) Rafiki then leads Simba to a pool of water and tells him to look into it to see his father. Simba looks in and only sees himself. He gets upset with Rafiki thinking he’s joking with him. Then Rafiki reaches down, stirs the water and tells Simba to look again and to “look harder.” As Simba takes a closer he realizes he can see his father’s image in his own reflection. As we raise our kids to be significant individuals, teaching them that they were created in the image of God is an important part of that process. We, like Rafiki, can stir up the waters and help our kids look closer and teach them to recognize who they really are in Jesus.  They are God’s image bearers. Genesis 1:27

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

 

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