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How Are You Like God?

God Gave You a Spirit Made in His Likeness

God gave the first man, Adam, an earthly nature like that of other earthly creatures. You have inherited that earthly nature. But, Adam had also a living spirit. Adam's inner life, his spirit, came from the breath of God. Adam's spirit was like God. Your spirit, too, is like God in many ways.

Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.' The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
(Bible, Genesis 1:26; 2:7)

God's Image in You is Shown in Many Ways

This special spirit makes you different from the animals. We call it the image of God in human beings. You can see the image of God in yourself in:

· Your moral nature: sense of right and wrong.

· Your aesthetic nature: love of beauty.

· Your intellectual nature: desire to know the truth, ability to reason, power of speech, and communication.

· Your spiritual nature: desire to worship and ability to have fellowship with God.

· Your creative nature: desire to improve your surroundings. Man builds skyscrapers, channels rivers, harnesses electricity, and invents machines to work for him. He creates beauty in music, art, architecture, poetry, song, motion, and his handiwork.

These things come from God's nature and make you very different from the animals. They show that you were born to be God's child and that He has a special purpose for your life. God wants you to know Him, and to enjoy His love, and to love Him in return.

God wants to use all of your experiences to shape your character and equip you for the part you will have in His Kingdom. Let God make you the kind of person He can be pleased with.

You can see how these abilities make you very different from the animals. Now think of something you have done that is an example of each one. Try to imagine animals doing such things, like a monkey writing a poem, or a pig inventing an airplane and flying it. Ridiculous, isn't it! You have many ideas and powers that no animal has. Thank God for each part of your nature that causes you to be like Him.

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