Devotion for Monday after Advent 1

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Genesis 1:26-31  (NASB)

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. 31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

God created everything from nothing. He made all the animals and fish and birds. As the almighty, omniscient, omnipresent creator of the universe, He could make anything He wanted any way He wanted. Yet He created man in His own image and gave man rule over the other creatures He had created. We look in the mirror or look at the people around us and realize we are created in the very image of the God of gods and Lord of lords. And God saw that it was good.

Thank You, Heavenly Father, that we are made in Your image. Often we are an indistinct and distorted image, but we are in Your image nonetheless. Help us to sharpen that image and become more and more like You. Make the desires of Your heart the desire of our hearts so that we worship You fully and completely. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Ghost, now and forever. Amen.

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