Read Genesis 1:26-27 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.
1. Why did God create human beings?
2. What image were they created to reflect?
3. What role were they designed to have on earth?
In order to be purposeful in our work, we have to have a healthy view of work, and that starts in today’s passage. From the beginning of creation, God designed human beings in His image to be His representatives on earth. He gave us a sense of identity. He called us His children.
We all long for a sense of purpose that gives us fulfillment and satisfaction, including in our jobs and careers. What today’s verses remind us is that we aren’t here by accident or happenstance. We aren’t here just to exist. We have the very image of God stamped on us. We were intentionally, uniquely designed and set into this world with inherent worth, value, and dignity.
Our identity comes from God alone. This means if our identity is rooted in anything outside of Him – our accomplishments, roles, status, or job title – we’re missing out on the delight of a divine relationship with our heavenly Father. Before any labels that society puts on us or we put on ourselves, we’re representing God. And this changes everything about how we approach our work.
What small daily choices can you make to remember that your identity comes from God alone, not your job title or career status? Write down at least two practical things you can do today, and follow through on one of them.