One day my daughter Sarah got in an argument with my wife Holly. We were at Holly’s parents and Sarah saw a picture of Holly when she was a little girl and asked Holly when it was that she (Sarah) had taken that picture. Sarah said, no mama, that’s me. Holly said, no Sarah, that was me as a little girl. And Sarah didn’t believe her.
When you see a picture of Sarah and Holly side by side when they were the same age, you could see why she would be confused. I’m not going to say that they look exactly alike, but it’s very close.
We look like are parents and other family. It’s neat to see that family resemblance sometimes. It’s neat to be able to look back and see those common traits in families through the years.
Listen to what happens in Genesis 1:26-27:
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Today in Genesis, we see the story of our creation and formation. And we see our greatest family resemblance. We look like our Father. Our heavenly Father.
We are made in God’s image. Each of us. We are made in the image of God. That doesn’t mean that we “look” like God, it means that we are each of what I have heard it called a “sacred worth.”
Each of us, no matter what’s going on in our lives; no matter what we’ve been told; no matter what we’ve done; no matter what we are doing, we are each of a sacred worth. We matter. We are important. Christ died for us.
You matter today. You are sacred today. You are special today. You are vital part of God’s creation and God’s plan today.
You have a family resemblance. You take after your Father. Nothing can take that away. Nothing. Nothing.
Live with that knowledge and confidence today. Live with that assurance. You are a specially created child of God today. Don’t let anyone tell you different.
You were made in God’s image. You matter. You are important. Never forget that.