“上帝说：「我们要照着我们的形象、按着我们的样式造人，使他们管理海里的鱼、空中的鸟、地上的牲畜，和全地，并地上所爬的一切昆虫。」” 创世记 1:26
形象是本原的反映。形象和本原有很大的相似，就像一面镜子，一段录音，或者一张照片。例如，有人会看着一个小孩说：“你长得像父母，言行都一样，就像是一个模子里出来的。” 因此，我们可以理解，当圣经告诉你，人是按照上帝的形象被造的，这是多么奇妙的宣告。古老的拉丁文Imago Dei就是描述上帝如何照自己的样式造男造女。人类就是造物主的影子。所以，每个人身上都呈现出上帝的特征、愿望和能力。祂的怜悯、力量、智慧、爱心、创新、喜乐、奇妙，都在我们身上深刻地显现出来。祂赋予我们改变世界的权力，也赋予我们生育子孙的责任。上帝让我们成为祂在世上的代表。
January 8 – Imago Dei
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” G E N E S I S 1 : 2 6
An image is a reflection of the original. It has traits that resemble another, much like a mirror, a recording, or a picture. For instance, some people will look at a child and say, “You look and act just like your parents. It’s like you’re a spitting image of them.” So we can understand that it is an amazing announcement when the Bible declares that humans were created in God’s image. Imago Dei is an old Latin term that describes how men and women were made in the image and
likeness of God. Humans were made as reflections of the Creator. All of God’s characteristics, desires, and abilities are on display in each and every one of us. His compassion, strength, wisdom, love, creativity, joy, and wonder are embedded in who we are. He endowed us with world-changing authority and entrusted us with life-giving responsibility. God made us to be his very representatives on the earth.
Pray for the Day:
Dear Jesus, let everything I do today represent you. Let me not be a distraction, but let my words and actions reveal who you are. Amen.