Image of God

God created man in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27). And ever since the fall of mankind, God has desired to restore man to his original state. We are to be image bearers, which is one of the greatest callings of the church today. We are to continue the work that Jesus started.

If we are to be image bearers, we should become more image conscious. And I’m not talking about fashion or popularity. We are supposed to ask ourselves, “Do I look like Jesus to the world?” In order to look like Jesus, we must first know what He looked like.

Scripture reveals that our transformation comes as we gaze upon the beauty and glory of God. When you are with Jesus, it changes you, forming you into His likeness. Scripture says, “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Followers of Jesus are a new creation. Colossians indicates that we are new men, renewed in knowledge after the image of God (Colossians 3:10). Jesus is the visible image of an invisible God. The son is the radiance of God’s glory (Hebrews 1:3), and we are to be conformed into the image of Jesus.

Just as we used to look like the world, now we are to bear the image of the heavenly, our creator, Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:49). We can never become God. But we can look like Him in character as we yield to His transforming power.

The world is watching. Are we truly representing holiness to the world? Jesus’ followers should ask themselves why Jesus came because He said that we would continue His work. Jesus came to serve not be served. Jesus came to bring judgment to the world in that His life reveals sin in us. By His example people see what has previously been invisible to them. We now understand what holiness is. Jesus shows us the way.

The blindness of the religious people was revealed by Jesus’ ministry (John 9:39). Jesus came to bring life into the world (John 10:10). And this is not just any kind of life. He came to bring the best life – divine life into the DNA of mankind. Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to save it (John 3:17).

The apostle John described Jesus as the true Light. He gives light to His people. We are to walk in the light as Jesus was in the light. Thus, we become light too because the true Light lives though us.

The question that I musk ask myself is, “Does my life reflect the light of God’s glory or the darkness caused by sin?”

Jesus’ words show that we have a solemn responsibility to be image bearers. There are no such things as small sins when it comes to the holiness and glory of God. We are sons of God. And when we sin, we profane that which God has made holy. But this does not put pressure on us to perform as much as it forces us to admit our powerlessness apart from God. It reveals our need to fully submit to His power working through us. Holiness comes from God and not man. Grace enables us to become sons of God.

All things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. What is God’s purpose? Quite simply, it is to conform us into the image of His Son.

Have you stopped to look in the mirror and see who you look like? Is your life bringing honor to God? Take some time to gaze upon Jesus today because a moment with the Son will change you forever.

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