|Genesis 1:27 – “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”|
As I get older, I realize that what I want most is to be a reflection of God in this world, so others can see him through me. But what does this really mean, and how would I accomplish it? First off, I need to study who God really is, and what his characteristics are. While we can never attain his holiness or his infinite omnipotence, we can strive to emulate his love, kindness, faithfulness, mercy, and grace towards those around us.
By reading and studying his word, we will see his attributes and find guidance to developing those traits. Extensive passages are devoted to developing true love for others, exhibiting mercy and grace, forgiveness, and patience. Look for these verses, memorize them, and put them into practice. Ask God daily for help in areas where you are weak – is it holding a grudge? Feeling envious? Battling anger or anxiety? The Bible is full of examples of God’s character that we can model ourselves after.
Another help is in learning from others. Whether from sermons at church or group Bible studies, listening to others who can share their experiences and offer suggestions will help us grow more into the image of God. We are blessed to have a wealth of knowledge and inspiration at our fingertips – we can listen to sermons from around the world and from famous speakers from the past. The instructions for reflective living are all around us and we have no excuse not to use them.
Prayer: Oh, God, the desire of my heart is to be a reflection of you into our troubled world. Help me to learn more about you, to practice daily the skills I need to develop, and to seek wisdom from others who can guide me on my way to a life in your image. Amen
– Betty Gossell