Simple Devotions
For the Complex Life

God's Image Reflected

As you grow up, you start to slowly lose touch with some of your friends. I have many friends who arenít followers of Christ. Thinking about those friends that I lost touch with over the years had me laying in my bed wondering what impression of myself I left with them, more importantly, did I reflect God's glory to them?

After man fell, he felt naked. His glory was taken from him. He was formerly clothed with light as God (Psalms 104:1-2). According to Paul, we have been transformed and renewed into the image of God by the Gospel, and that this image is then "in righteousness and true holiness" (Colossians 3:10) (Ephesians 4:24). This isnít something we can achieve on our own, it's as a result of our "receiving Christ" in faith and repentance (John 1:12) (Galatians 2:20) It is accomplished by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5) (Romans 8:28-29), who takes up His abode within God's children (1 Corinthians 3:16) (1 Corinthians 6:19). 'God is long-suffering towards us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance' (2 Peter 3:9).

In the fallen state we are in, we will always imperfectly reflect His glory, yet this fallen world needs to be reminded of how incredible our God is. If we can begin to grasp how great His love is, it will begin to manifest itself into our own lives (1 Corinthians 13:4-5).

As our lives begin to line up with the principles of Godís Word, we radiate the glory of Godís perfect wisdom. Paul reminds the Corinthians that the purpose of our redemption was that we might glorify God. So let us walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10)

Scripture clearly teaches that man is made in the image of God, then we should really ask ourselves today, "how much of God's image is reflected through me?"