The Image of God
"What Image is in Your Mirror?"
When looking in a mirror, what we see depends on our point of view. Mankind was created in the image of God; what reflects should be a representation of Him. The image won’t be based on an individual’s beliefs; it will be an accurate read and makes no difference what your belief is. You will show to yourself and the world; a good example of what God is… or a good example of what He isn’t. Our image is not dependant on our personal belief or point of view. The thing is our point of view is influenced by what we believe. The image we see should have an influence on our point of view as well as what we accept in belief.
Those of us who are followers of Christ know that God is the only one that is perfect; we are not and won’t be in this life. Being perfect, His gifts are good and perfect with Christ being given as the ultimate gift of perfection. Jesus was and is the greatest example of the righteousness of God. We follow His example in a loving effort to please our Heavenly Father. The book of Hebrews informs us that it is impossible to please God without faith. In order to be pleasing we need faith. Not just a faith in His existence but also in who and what He is… the apex of righteousness. It is because of our belief that we have the faith to follow Christ’s instruction.
Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all his righteousness; and all these things will be added unto you.
The image in the mirror is shaped by our view and the faith that begins with belief. What we see depends on our belief; or the lack of it. When we believe in Christ, we also believe in God; what we see is measured in relation to where we are in our faith. In turn, our lack of belief and faith also frames the image in our view. We will take notice of where we are in our quest to reflect the glory of His righteousness, or we will see reasons to justify the actions that create the image reflected. Depending on your point of view, you will seek the righteousness of God, following His will, or continue to follow whatever you accept as your own will. No matter how right it seems it still falls short of the good and perfect will of God. In all things Jesus followed the will of the Father and for good reason.
Matthew 18:14 (KJV)
Even so it is not the will of the Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.
If we truly make an effort to follow the example of Christ, then we will look past the image seen with the eye and seek the image that God wills for our spirit. When you look into the mirror remember the advice of James and don’t forget what you look like. Remember also whose image you really should be trying to see… "The Image of God."
Romans 14:17-18 (KJV)
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.