June 21st 2009

Born To Mirror God

“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
II Corinthians 3:18 (NIV UK)

The Bible says that humans are made in the image of God-that God made us to reflect him in the world.

But God is invisible, so how are we to reflect someone we can’t even see?

For example, a mirror “images” things by reflecting a likeness of what is in its field of view.  But a mirror can’t reflect what it can’t ‘see’.  It has to be positioned correctly to catch the image of what you want it to reflect.

The same is true of us.  If we are to reflect the image of God, how are we to see it or know what it is?

The answer is, we see what we need to reflect by looking at the life and example of Jesus Christ.  Colossians 1:15 tells us that Jesus is the “image of the invisible God.”

That does not mean that Jesus literally looked like God the Father, who is invisible – but that by the way he lived while he was with us on earth, he showed us a perfect reflection of God.

You could say that Jesus “mirrored,” in the flesh, the life of God.  When we look at Jesus, we see what God is like.

So the way for us to reflect, or “image” God, is to keep our lives focused on Jesus.

We are made in the image of God to reflect his love and his glory.

Prayer
Help me through the Spirit to be transformed more into the likeness of Jesus, who is the image of the invisible God.
Amen

Study by Joseph Tkach

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