Read Colossians 1:15-23, Proverbs 29 July 29
Mirror Mirror on the Wall
“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29 NLT
We live in an image conscious world. Everyone from politicians to preachers try to project a positive, pleasing image.
Teenagers seek to build their image among peers through wearing the cool clothes, listening to the cool music, and talking the cool talk.
As we grow older, we go through the hoops of developing or acquiring the image of the upwardly mobile, intellectually challenged, or being jerks, phonies, or genuine people.
We all have image problems in some areas. We struggle with our self image and often like ourselves too much, or not enough. Others see us as saints or sinners, bums or beautiful people, friends or foes, successes or failures, depending on their observations and experiences with us.
It’s so good to know that we don’t have an image problem with God. He sees us as we are, with all our faults and shortcomings, and loves us and accepts us in spite of them. However, He begins the process of conforming us into the image of Christ through the lives we lead and the witness our lives reflect.
As we grow into the fullness of Christ, we will reflect His character in every area of our lives. We, like the early disciples, will be identified as one of His elect, and people will see the humility, grace, beauty, and love of God and others manifest in us.
When we look into the mirror, we need to see clearly who we are now and who Christ wants us to be. We need to resolve to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in obedience and submission, as He molds and melds us into being all that God would have us be actually, as well as spiritually.
Father, let others see the love of Christ in me. Amen.
“The fear of human opinion disables;
trusting in GOD protects you from that.”
Proverbs 29:25 MSG
“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation.”
Colossians 1:15 NLT
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