Made in His image

Made in His image

God made man in His image.

Was this the outward appearance? OR Was it the inner being which is non-tangible was made like God? 

Prophet Samuel was asked to choose a king by God. Samuel was directed to go to the house of Jesse. All the able-bodied sons presented themselves to him. Yet God did not approve of the able-bodied, tall, handsome men. All the sons of Jesse who were presented to Samuel looked good, but God did not approve anyone.  

Samuel asked if Jesse had any other sons. Jesse was not willing to present one of his sons. 

1 Samuel 16:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.

Jesse showcased all his seven sons, but Samuel told Jesse that the Lord had not chosen any of them.

Samuel enquired if he had any more sons. Jesse told that one of his sons was tending sheep. Jesse had some embarrassing history about him and was desiring to hide him. Moreover, in the eyes of Jesse, his was not good enough, he had not valued David like his other sons. So when the prophet visited, Jesse had tried to conceal him. 

Samuel eventually chose David. He might not have been as tall and impressive as the other sons. But his heart was beautiful.

1 Samuel: 12-13 Jesse sent and brought him. David had a healthy reddish complexion and beautiful eyes, and was fine-looking. The Lord said [to Samuel], Arise, anoint him; this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward.  (version AMPC)

David was chosen as the King because of his heart.

Hence, probably the attributes of man’s heart were the significant matters that were similar to God.

Wondering about the attribute of God’s heart? These are the fruits of God’s spirit.  The fruits of the Holy Spirit. 

Galatians 5: 22, 23 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law that can bring a charge].

When your heart, nature flows from these, you become resplendent in God’s image. Carry the presence of the Lord with you. May others encounter Heaven wherever you go. The voice and touch of Heaven everywhere you go.