We were created from the ground—call it earth, dust or dirt. God breathed into us and we became living beings. [Genesis 2:7]
So people are made from both earth and spirit. Let’s use the language of this week’s quote and call those components Dirt and Gold. Dirt being the earth, of course, and Gold representing God’s Spirit and God’s reflection in us.
After Adam and Eve sinned, sin somehow entered into their beings, intertwined with their flesh, and started them down the path to becoming merely dust once again. Another component was now present in Adam and Eve, and because of this, the Dirt could now overshadow the Gold in them, and so the image of God could become dulled, diluted or distorted.
But it did not go away. They still remained image-bearers of their Creator. They were still formed of both Dirt and Gold.
Every person alive today is also an image-bearer.
Each Son of Adam or Daughter of Eve you encounter reflects God in their being, even if that reflection is distorted, dulled or diluted by their Dirt. Something of God’s characteristics, God’s personality, God’s way of seeing and being and doing, can be found in every human being.
Even though sometimes all we see is Dirt. There’s Gold in there somewhere!
Be the one that finds it.