Perspective

What the image of God means for our dignity and work

The number one fear of the millennial generation is living a meaningless life. In a recent informal survey of undergraduate students at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, 27 percent of students asked expressed anxiety when considering their vocation.

“Scared,” “uneasy,” “unsure,” “confused,” and “apprehensive” were common words in describing the way they felt about their future vocation.

But college students aren’t the only ones struggling with their calling. Many adults fail to discover their calling in life, too. Why is it so hard to find this thing we call our “vocation?”

Every person is created in the image of God, full of dignity, with unique talents and gifts to use for the glory of God in their work. One reason why so many Christians fail to discover their vocation is because they don’t fully understand what it means to be made in the image of God.


Imago Dei

The image of God is a foundational concept for understanding our significance and purpose in life. Understanding how we are made in God’s image helps us understand our inherent dignity as a human being created by our heavenly father.

Genesis 1:26-27 declares that human beings are made in the image of God:

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth …” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Read the full story at The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics.
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