Reflecting on Reflections

Today, I would like to share with you, my readers, the meaning behind the name Reflections of Him. This comes from Paul’s words to the Corinthian church: “And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).  

What does that mean, to be “transformed into the same image?”  To learn more about this, we have to begin at the beginning.  When it comes time in the creation account for God to create man, the bible tells us that God said “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness” (Genesis 1:26).  Does this mean that somehow we physically look like God?  No, not really because God does not have a physical body but rather He is Spirit.  A more reasonable explanation is that we reflect God’s character in our lives when we display the fruit of the Spirit.  You remember……things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control (Galatians 5:22). It is when we are reflecting these character traits in our own lives that the lost and dying world around us is able to catch a glimpse of who God is.  

This idea that we, as sinful human beings, are made in the image and likeness of the Creator of everything…..that’s mind blowing!  However, this truth should firmly establish some things for us.  First of all, since we are made in God’s image we can be sure that this is where our worth comes from.  We can toss aside the lies that our worth stems from physical beauty, how others perceive us, our material possessions, etc.  Secondly, we can be assured that if our worth is assigned to us by God, then there is no room for self degradation.  And thirdly, we can comfortably draw the conclusion that we are not free to define others by the aforementioned list either.

You see, when we are critical of ourselves and others, what we are really doing is criticizing God’s creative workmanship.  God is the one who chooses skin color, eye color, nose lengths, and the number of hairs on one’s head.  God is the one who decides whether one will have musical ability, strong leadership qualities, or a solid understanding of mathematics (this, He definitely, positively, no doubt about it, did not gift me with). However, my sweet friend, know this…God made you in His image, to look just the way you look, to possess just the gifts and talents that you possess, so that you might go into this dark world and reflect Him to others.  We will talk more about this next time, but for now bask in this glorious knowledge that you are not a mistake, and that you were patterned after the Lord Almighty!!

 

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