The Pinnacle

Guiding Scripture 

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image,

in the image of God he created him;

male and female he created them.

Genesis 1:26-27


Everest. The name conjures thoughts of impossibility, tragedy, and glory. Of all the peaks in the world, Everest’s summit stands as the holy grail of climbers worldwide. 

Even from the beginning, humanity has wanted to understand what God understands. We have attempted to bring ourselves to equality with God’s power and position. We never seem to be satisfied with anything less than the pinnacle of what exists. 

Scripture reveals a grand irony here. While we stretch and reach for things we were never intended to reach for or understand, and try to find our identity in it, God considers us the pinnacle of what He has created. Nothing holds the same place as human beings in the line of creation. Nothing else was made in God’s image. Nothing else was commissioned with the responsibility to have dominion over other created things. In the hierarchy of creation, mankind is the Everest of God’s design. 


When you consider your own identity and the identity of others from God’s perspective, do you think of it this way? Do you think of 


Creator God, you have fashioned me unlike any other creation. You made Adam within your sovereign plan and saw that it was good. I confess that I regularly seek to deviate from that plan, and I need your powerful hand to keep your way for me clear and my steps true. Remind me always of your divine provision and love for me that I may reflect the truth of who you are each day.

Jim Richman