By Kathy Johnston
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.”
The definition of the word image is, “being an embodiment or living, visible manifestation”.
It’s mind blowing that we, also then, are to be image bearers of Christ (who is the exact image of the invisible God!).
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” -Genesis 1:27
Then Genesis 3 happens…sin comes into the world. The perfect image of Himself that God intended us to bear was marred by the fall. Mankind no longer reflected God’s beautiful character of perfect love, truth and holiness to the world. The presence of sin had corrupted the image of God in our lives. What a sad moment in history this is! And yet, God didn’t leave us hanging there without hope! He put into action his plan to redeem us!
Praise God for the beautiful message of the gospel! Jesus not only redeems us back from the domain of brokenness, sin and darkness, but He provides everything we need to once again be conformed into the image of God through Christ Jesus! Does it happen instantly? No!
2 Cor. 3:18 says that “we all with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the SAME image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from The Lord who is the Spirit”.
The image of God…When you stop to think about it, it’s pretty incredible. We are to be a living manifestation of Christ, a living testimony. Now I know that most of the time I don’t even come close to this. But I am so glad that that the Word says we are “BEING transformed.” It’s a process, and a life long one at that!
I read a quote recently: “The Christian is a person who makes it easy for others to believe in God.” I have to be honest and say I fall very short of that a lot. And my guess is that’s true of many of us.
As a little girl I remember getting a little “glow-in-the-dark” cross in Sunday School that had a pretty little purple ribbon attached to it. My little sister and I would hide under the blankets to see its mysterious glow after the lights went out. But I soon discovered that to get it to glow in the dark, I had to hold it up to the light first. I would stand on the bed and hold it right next to the light bulb. Then when I turned the light out, it would glow so bright!
Have you heard of “glow-in-the-dark” Christians? If we want to be a light in this dark world, we’ve got to stay in the Light!!
Just like that little glow-in-the-dark cross, we need to expose ourselves continually to Jesus, our source of light. We need to allow him to be transforming us into His IMAGE…so that others will see His reflection in us and want to know Him. Our purpose is to reflect His image to the world around us. If we don’t know who He is and what He’s like, how good of a reflection will we be?
I’m sure you’ve heard the quote, “You become what you behold.” It’s about beholding God. Seeing Him in the study of the Word, hearing Him through the teaching of the Word, and communicating with Him on a one-to-one, heart-to-heart level through prayer and meditation.
What do you spend your time beholding?
Do YOU glow in the dark?