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Bodies in His Image
Theme of the week: You Are God's Living Temple
Monday, January 9, 2012

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Key Bible Verse: So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) Dig Deeper: Genesis 1:26-31

As human persons, we have a unique place and role within the order of creation.

As [today's Key Bible Verse] states, male and female are made "in the image of God." The language of the "image of God" marks humans off as distinct from anything else in the universe—which also means we stand in a unique relationship to the Creator. This relationship presents possibilities for human life that no other aspect of creation will ever know. This radical uniqueness of our lives before God cannot be separated from our status as embodied creatures.

Perhaps the best understanding of the body is Gilbert Meilander's striking phrase: it is the "place of our personal presence." As human persons, we live, communicate, and move in the flesh and bones that we indwell. Our bodies are not instruments for us to move in, as though we were driving them about like captains of a ship. They are not tools for us to communicate with others, or pieces of property. What our bodies do, we do.

—Matthew Anderson in Earthen Vessels

My Response: What does it mean that I "stand in a unique relationship to the Creator"? How should this truth impact the way I treat my body?

Adapted from Earthen Vessels (Bethany House, 2011) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

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Prayer for the Week
Lord, teach me to honor you with my body and help me to understand the significance of your becoming a man and redeeming me.

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