Reflection: (See Gen 2:5-7 for further reading)
The Bible presents us with a multi-faceted portrait of human beings. On the one hand, there is a stream of thinking in the Bible about how powerful and effective human beings are. In the ancient world to be in the image of God was a status largely reserved for the kings, the Pharaohs, and for the mighty. Human beings are royalty
But that is not the only facet of what it means to be human. You can sometimes twist the teaching of the Bible, not because you say something wrong, but because you say too little.
If you only see humans as made to be powerful and strong, then you don’t understand enough of the Bible’s teaching.
Because the other great stream of Scriptural thinking about human beings is how fragile we are. We are made from the dust. We cannot draw breath without the sustaining power of God. Hear well the words of Psalm 103:13-16
As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
Humanity is royal dust – crowned with glory and honour, and yet fragile and dependent.
Question: Do you see yourself as royalty? Do you remember that you are dust?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I praise you for making me in your image. I delight in the knowledge that you want me to make a difference in this world, shaping it and cultivating it for your glory and for the blessing of my neighbour. Help me to remember that I am also fragile and dependent upon you. Compel me to come to you always in prayer, to give thanks to you in all things, and to do my work empowered by your grace. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.