Have you ever been told, “You look just like . . . your mother . . .” or maybe your father or another relative? Some children are the “spitting image” of a family member.
When my daughter was expecting our first grandchild, my father was in his final days of brain cancer. He passed the month before our little T was born, but in the very first days of her life . . . I kept seeing glimpses of my dad. I wasn’t the only one who recognized him in her expressions and she still bears a strong resemblance to my father at times.
We were created in God’s image; for others to see Him in us!
You may have read these words a million times, but don’t miss the impact of this astounding statement:
[box]“And God said, Let us make man in our image . . . after our likeness . . .” (Gen 1:26)[/box]
Nothing else in creation is given this designation of being created in God’s IMAGE. You as a woman, me . . . we are created in God’s likeness, His image . . . we’re created to IMAGE GOD—to bear God’s reflection. We are created with something no other creature has: an eternal soul—in this sense we are created in the same “image” as God’s eternal being. But also, in the sense that, through the new birth, we can actually grow up into Christ-likeness—in this way, we bear the image of our Father.
Remember what I said yesterday about using the Word as a mirror? A mirror shows us what we look like; it reveals to us our appearance. A mirror lets us see any flaws or corrections that need to be made. A mirror is an instrument that bears the image of the one before it.
In a similar way, we are to bear (reflect) the image of the God before whom we stand, and in whose image we were created.
As a mirror reflects our image, we’re to reflect God’s image to others.
Reading that we’re created to “image God” may sound a bit confusing. You may be thinking . . . “look like God??” What does God look like?
Well, we see His reflection in the Word (our mirror) . . . take for example how Jesus responded to being mistreated: when Jesus was insulted He didn’t throw any insult back. In the gospels we watch Jesus love and serve others, take time for children, listen to the hurting, confront the evil of His day, spend time in prayer with His Father . . . Is that any resemblance to what you look like?
In order to know what God created us to look like, and in order to develop into His “spitting image,” we need to first be adopted by Him and then spend time growing up into His image. We need the truth of His Word to sanctify us, the work of His Spirit to transform us, and the refining work of God to conform us to the image of Christ.
Who would others say you look like? Whose image do others see when they look at you?