“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:27).

Even before creating man, God had a special purpose over him. That is why, according to His eternal purpose, He created man on His own liking and image. Because of His love, God poured His breath of life itself on him. How great are His special purposes for the man!

One day, a devotee was prayerfully walking along a road and he found a coin lying on the ground. It was in bad condition with bends and dents. Many cars and buses might have run on it repeatedly. Even then the Government's seal on it was intact. In spite of all the damages, the coin held its value because of the existence of the seal on it. It will surely hold its worth and enable you to buy things from a shop up to its value.

As the man was looking at the coin, God began to talk to him in a mild voice. "Son, the bent and dent coin also holds the same value as that of a new coin. Similarly, my people may be bent and dent due to their sins and curses but still, the image of God is on them.”

Dear children of God, look up to God and declare with all faith saying, "I have been created in the image of God. God has valued me to be of special and great. I have received grace in His eyes. He has befriended me and shows love towards me. I am His own and He is mine. So, I will please God and live fully for Him."

Jesus Christ came to the world in order to streamline and strengthen the dents and bends of the mankind which had become shapeless with sins. For this purpose, He disfigured Himself and dedicated Himself on the Cross. He willed to restore to the man all he had lost.

The Scripture says, “Just as many were astonished at you, so His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men” (Isaiah 52:14).

Dear children of God, submit your broken and crumbled life to the hand of God. He will remake you. He will make you a special vessel with greatness and glory to be used by God. The image of God will shine on you.

To meditate: “And the wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose” (Isaiah 35:1).