24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
The idea that God created us is a concept we like to embrace. Being made in His image seems to elevate our personal confidence and value. We each think of ourselves as His child and bask in His fatherly love. But something gets lost in translation when we apply this thought to our neighbor. We sometimes fail to realize that each person everywhere has been created the same way.
We are not only created the same way; we are also from the same family line. In this passage we are reminded, “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth.” (v. 26) But here’s the kicker—God also made us different or with diversity. Our culture and history sets us apart, which would make it hard for us to identify with each other. Why did He do it that way?
He tells us it was so we would realize our need of Him and turn to Him. His hope was we “would seek him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him” (v. 27). Our differences are supposed to reveal God to us.
Humanity is much like a quilt where no piece of fabric is more important than another. All are needed to give contrast and interest. Under the skillful hand of the Creator, we are set in place to create a harmonious beauty. When we grasp hold of the concept that the world is diverse by God’s design, it allows us to see His creativity and His image in all the people around us.
How does the idea that we are all created in God’s image affect the way you interact with others?