Genesis 1:27–31 ‘So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.’(v27).

God creates all of life and finally creates humanity. There’s no distinction between God’s created elements. Each is good and together they are ‘very good’ (Gen. 1:31).

Remarkably, humanity is also made in God’s image, which means that both male and female reflect God. This is why union is treated with deep respect throughout Scripture for it is the one moment on earth where the complete image of God is replicated on earth, when two become one (Gen. 2:24–25).

Our society is acutely aware of fractures between people. For years women have needed to campaign for equality in all social constructs. The ugliness of racism has robbed many of opportunity, and too many of life itself.

Disability has frequently ensured exclusion and unkind mockery. Yet, we must remind ourselves that every apparent disfigurement is a perfect reflection of God.

How might society look if we accepted and respected each other regardless of gender, ethnicity and so-called disability?* All of humanity is invited to share and celebrate life’s rich diversity together.

We have the privilege of supporting individuals to realise their full potential, as we have been celebrated by others in realising ours. What a remarkable vision God sowed into His creation; how sad that we have failed to embrace, enjoy and develop it. Let’s be determined to build our future in partnership with God.

SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER: Lev. 19:29–37; Prov. 22:1–12; 2 Cor. 3:7–18; Eph. 2:11–22.

A PRAYER TO MAKE: ‘Lord, give me eyes to see the whole of Your creation through the eyes of Your Spirit. Amen.’

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Micha Jazz is Director of Resources at Waverley Abbey, UK.