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, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Genesis 1:26-27, 31a NASB
On the sixth day of creation, we saw the creation of animals upon the earth. His work was not complete once He created the animal kingdom.
God desired something more. There must have been a conversation among the three Persons of the Trinity: Our heavenly Father, the Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. (The Hebrew word for ‘God’ in Genesis 1 indicates more than one Person.) The Bible does not give us the full conversation that took place. What we do know is that God said: “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” (Gen. 1:26)
Man is very special, in that he is absolutely different from all animals or living creation, because in him there has been placed the incredible potential to receive of the nature of God. Man has been given a free will by God in the creative process to make his own choices in life. He can determine his own destiny. He was created, not a god, but in the image of God according to His likeness. Man is a body, soul and spirit created by God to bring glory to God, if he chooses to yield to the will of God.
God designed man to have a relationship with him, commune with him, love him and receive love in return. God placed a deep innate, intrinsic spiritual need for a relationship with God and other humans within man. Man will never find fulfillment and deep peace until he has a personal relationship with his Creator: God through the person of Jesus Christ.
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Genesis 2:7-8 NASB
Humans are the crowning achievement of God’s creative activity, and as His image bearers, we possess the potential for the divine nature of God to indwell our hearts, unlike any other creature in the creation occurrences. We must not allow this truth to obscure our appreciation for all of God’s creation or diminish the responsibilities God has given to us toward it – to maintain, cherish and enjoy it.