“God created man in his own image. And man, being a gentleman, returned the favor.” It is true that God has made us in the divine image. But returning the favor by making God in our own image is not an expression of gentlemanly manners. It is our shame, not our glory. We are made in God’s image; God is not made in ours.
Humankind bears the “image of God.” We are “mirrors of God” created to reflect God’s glory. If this is true a follow-up question naturally arises: What’s our problem? If we bear God’s image, why is there so much darkness, both around and within us? Why don’t we live up to our potential? What’s gone wrong with God’s image-bearer?
“Spirituality does not consist of being told what to do. It consists of being reminded of who we are.” What’s your story? And what does your story tell you about who you are? If you find your story in God’s story, than the answer is this: You know who you are in relationship to God. You are an image-bearer of God. And so is every other human being you will ever meet.
God’s psalmist poetically describes humankind in the following manner, “You have made human beings a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:5). What is it that caused the psalmist to speak in such elevated and beautiful language? The answer lies in the pregnant phrase, “the image and likeness of God.”
Authentic Christian spirituality is fully human, fully embodied. In our culture, human limitations are often perceived as obstacles to unhindered union with God. On the contrary, it is precisely in and through our humanity that we experience God. Christian spirituality is not an attempt to escape our humanity but to embrace God in and through it.