Am I made in Imago Dei or is Imago Dei in me or am I Imago Dei?
When Christ was on the cross, dying, He cried out to His Father, saying “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they are doing.” Who was the ‘they’? Just those women looking on – the Daughter’s of Jerusalem?, or the crowd? or His disciples that had run away??
I contend that those He was speaking of included me, and all like me that have since believed on His name. Us that are the Imago Dei- created in the image of God. So, as He was being crucified, He thought of me, of you, of us…all those Imago Dei creatures…He was still thinking not of Himself, but of others.
How do I live that out? How do I reflect His glory? How do I live up to that standard, Imago Dei? How do I present myself, my behavior, my thoughts such that I too think of others…beyond their outward appearance, but to their true essence- the image of God. Bearing God’s image. And of them more highly than I think of myself, my needs, my druthers…
How should I react when that image is mistreated? Abused? Hungry? Imprisoned? Naked?
Can I make any conclusions about myself when I look at others and NOT see Imago Dei?
Father forgive me…for I know and I still do…