Image Is Everything

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The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17

Insight

As I stood next to my younger brother who was riving in pain and gasping for air, I knew I was in major trouble. My life, for all intents and purposes, was over. Even though Matt was the one who was hurt, I was the real dead man walking. In panic mode, I tried to soak in every bit of sunlight because I knew it would be a rare sight once my mom found out about my latest stunt.

I began to construct elaborate lies that would explain why my brother was passed out at the bottom of the stairs with a bed sheet tied around his neck: He tripped over a dog toy. He was the one chasing me and, like a good boy, I told him to slow down. He wanted to get a jump on the laundry so he was taking a load down to the basement.

My mom didn’t need to know that I convinced Matt he was a superhero who could fly through the air. Neither did she have to worry about how I encouraged Matt to test his powers by jumping off the top of the stairs. I eventually came to my senses and realized it was better to fess up to my crime rather than add on to my death sentence by lying.

While grounded I had all the time in the world to think about what transpired. From Matt’s perspective, he thought the rules of gravity didn’t apply to him. After all, he was Superman. But, as soon as Matt’s pajama-clad feet left the ground, his perception was on a collision course with reality. When he encountered the linoleum floor he also encountered the truth – gravity always wins out.

Not all encounters in life are painful as Matt’s, but every encounter changes us. An encounter happens when our reality gets challenged. There is a collision that occurs when our perspective of how things are or should be collide with the truth. Transformation and growth lie on the other side of every encounter you face.

The reality is, you were made by God for God. You were created in His very likeness. The image of God is stamped on every human being, including yourself. You will never understand your life apart from him.Trusting this profound truth has the ability to frame every encounter and shape the way you see each moment. Knowing you were designed to reflect His love serves as the catalyst for the transformation you hope to see.

If you were made for God then you will never find meaning and purpose apart from Him.An encounter with Jesus changes everything. When we collide with the Truth, it changes us: how we see things, how we respond and how we walk. Christ should impact our circumstances, our views, and our values.

Sadly though, many of us attempt to speed up or completely avoid the formation process of our heart. There is no vision or plan for our growth. Instead, we place our hope in circumstances to shape us into the image of Christ. This simply won’t happen. If the image of God doesn’t form you, some other image will.

You are either growing into what you were made to be or shrinking from it. We either make room for His impact on our lives or we don’t. We all drift towards becoming something. The choice facing us is whether we will be intentional or not about the formation process. The command in Romans 12:2 is to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. A renewed mind, a new way of seeing, is critical for us to offer ourselves to God and sacrifice our purposes for His. It requires submission to the Truth.

In your quest for growth, it is critical to have a point of reference in regards to the person you want to become. If you want to know what you believe, look at what you do. What remains undefined will remain unchanged. The fundamental reason we long to change is that we know deep down we are not as we should be. Scripture speaks of you being God’s workmanship. He’s crafted you to reflect His heart. You must engage in the process in order for change to happen. If you are willing, your heart, your perspective and, even your life, can begin to authentically reveal God in response.

Reflection

  • You were made by God for God. What implications should the truths found in today’s passage have on our lives?
  • Where is a collision with God’s Truth taking place in your life? How are you dealing with this encounter?

Prayer

God, may I realize You are always at work in my life. Open my eyes to the encounters that are taking place all around me. Give me the courage to let these moments form and shape my character. I desire for my words and actions to reflect my trust in You. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.