Who are you? Tough question. And I’m always intrigued by how people answer it. Some jump straight to their family, others focus on occupation. Some tell me where they live, others what church they go to. Each does it a little differently.
But everyone tells a story.
It’s true. Try it. You’ll have to press a bit to get beyond the surface stuff, like their name. But when they try to tell you who they really are, they always tell their story.
Deep down, we just know that we’re storied people, that our history has meaning. It shapes us.
But, for some reason, we don’t connect this insight to understanding the image of God. And that’s tragic. Because the imago comes at the beginning of a story. And the only way to understand it fully is to hear the story.
It makes sense. If you’re watching a movie and a character pops in during the opening scene, you’re not going to pause the movie and try to figure out who she is and why she’s important. You’ll watch the movie, finding her identity in the story that unfolds.
It’s the same with the imago. Genesis 1 is just the prologue to a much larger story. So if we really want to know what’s going on, we need to let the movie roll.