Sunday, December 25, 2016
Random Word - Image
I used a word generator to pick a word to write about for this post and I tried to keep it short. I did have to hit the "generate" button several times to get a word I thought would work. It was an interesting exercise which might be good to do more often. :-) If you would like to try it yourself, here is the link to the word generator I used.
Image is something that people are very conscious of in this world. It doesn't really matter if we are part of a sophisticated, highly educated culture or what is considered a more "primitive" culture, people are concerned about what other people think of them and the image that they are portraying to others.
We read in Romans 8:29, For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
What we see here is that God predestinated those who are His children to be conformed to the image of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He wants us to represent His Son in this world, and to live our lives in a way that is conformed to Christ - all of our lives, not just our public image.
What is your image to those around you? Do they see the image of Jesus Christ in you or do they see some other carefully contrived image of your own creating? Do they see a sports fan, a quilting queen, a "very important person", a rebel, a hero, an activist, a chief, a soldier, an addict, a middle-class soccer mom, a criminal, a rich person, a poor person? There are so many images that we can make for ourselves that it is impossible to name them all. Some images we may desire for ourselves, others we don't want, some we hope nobody ever notices.
If you are a Christian you were not meant to bear any other image than that of Jesus Christ. This is both difficult and wonderfully freeing.
Colossians 3:9-11 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.