2) God made us image-bearers.
The image of God in which you and I have been created is the immaterial part of us, that not only sets us apart from the animal world and makes us fit to have the dominion that God intended for us to have over the earth (Genesis 1:28), but it also enables us to commune with our Creator, since we bear his likeness mentally, morally, and socially.
MENTALLY, we have been created as RATIONAL, volitional beings. In other words, we can reason and choose. This is a reflection of God’s intellect.
Illustration: So, you waking up and using your intellect to choose to come to church this morning, and choose to do so with the clothes on that you are currently wearing is actually a proclamation of the reality that you are made in God’s image.
Since we live in a post fallen world, our CONSCIENCES, or our moral compasses, is how we reflect the MORAL image of God.
Illustration: Whenever a person writes a law, chooses not to participate in evil, praises good behavior, or feels guilty for bad behavior, he or she is actually proclaiming the reality that they are made in God’s own image.
Finally, SOCIALLY, humanity was created for COMMUNITY, which is a reflection of God’s triune nature.
Illustration: So, every time someone marries, takes the time and effort to make a friend, joins a sports league, community choir, or book club, he or she is demonstrating the fact that we are made in the likeness of God.