What?! But we’re not supposed to say things like that, much less believe them, right? We can’t be arrogant; we need to be humble.
Well, yes, both of those things are true. I’m not talking about that though. This isn’t a discussion regarding humility. This is an attempt at us absorbing our self-worth!
Let's get that out there first. I am all about humility. Us Jesus-following types have been won over by a great and powerful savior who took the nature of a servant and humbled himself to the end of himself.
Humility will always be a big deal in the discussion of faith. However, someone lowering himself in humility does so out of a sense of worth. Lowering ourselves because we value ourselves 0.0% is not, not, NOT (I can underline the word as well if you need) humility. It is, in some ways, idolatry. When we do the latter, we say we know our worth more clearly than our creator.
That said, in the beginning (and I’m talking Genesis-style beginning) we were created not as doormats to be stepped on or go unnoticed. No!
We were created as royalty.
Yes, the kind with kingly-feasts and land to rule. Think Peter, Lucy and the gang from Chronicles of Narnia. Really, think anyone with a king’s endorsement to represent his authority…and who has a sword.
I threw in that last bit because, Who doesn’t want a sweet sword!?
In Genesis 1-3, the script is rich with royal language in talking about Adam and Eve, who are our representatives in the story. Have you considered that before?
The text says “Let us make humankind in our image.” The “us” is a divine royal court of which God is head. Kings used to get away with referring to themselves in the first person plural without sounding one fry short. Yahweh talks this way in the creation story.
Adam and Eve, and we through them, were created in the image of God. At this time, the kings in the Mesopatamian region would have statues that in their absence would represent their reign in lands far and wide. These statues would remind the people of the king’s rule in the area. They were valued icons of the king displaying his reign.
In Genesis, the story picks up on this idea as a way of communicating our relationship with God and the world. As the story goes,
“God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.”
On humanity’s inaugural day, God gave purpose to us as his royal representatives:
“Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
God believes that about us now. We are his royal representatives; we reflect him to the cosmos. We have charge from the king to steward this world well. We are, to this great blue-green globe and beyond, the unique image bearers of the Creator-King. We are trusted allies of the Creator!
This is true of the fellas AND this is true of the ladies. This speaks to both genders. He created them male and female in his image. In fact, the first creation story speaks generically of humankind’s creation. Humankind was created in male and female form. That’s all we get there.
We have to keep reading. There was a second creation run through with scope narrowed on Adam being created. Then Adam named the lions, tigers, and bears. Then Adam realized he was, unlike the other animals, alone. So God caused a sleep to fall on him and out of his very DNA formed someone to rule with.
This means the picture was not complete until Eve showed up in the garden. In the past the story has been read,
Men were created.
Then, and of less importance, women were created.
However, some smart people believe, and I concur, that this second creation story reminded the original ancient male readers of the great value of women. I would now add modern males and occasionally females to that list this story can and does remind!
Man was created.
Man was lonely.
And then...AND THEN...God gave him and the world someone special. Someone to round out creation. A co-image bearer!
Don’t forget that!
That said, Brene Brown, whom I mentioned in the previous post, has a phrase for this idea of owning our value: “worthy now.” Those who are able to overcome shame’s painful sting are those who believe they are actually worthy of love and belonging right now. I think her phrase is so true. It’s true because of the fact that God created creation which you and I are a part, and spoke that creation “GOOD.” Within the scope of that good creation, we are God’s royal representatives. The image-bearers.
All that to say, “You’re kind of a big deal!”
Take that, shame monster.
 Phil 2:6-8
 Genesis 1:27