This thought came across my mind while on my run the other day (anything to keep my mind away from the desire to stop running.) Seeing a large puddle in the middle of a baseball field made me reflect… about my life reflecting His and how we really do that. What does it mean to “be like Him”? Don’t worry, I don’t always go so deep. Most runs are usually me just singing along to music and telling myself “Just a little further, don’t stop, you aren’t tired yet.”
“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27
Oh boy, we could go into how Adam and Eve lived perfectly in Eden until the serpent, the apple and the fall, but I think that’s for another post another time. This one will be more about how do I reflect Him in my life now? Although, I think it is important to remember that God did form us in HIS image. My little ole life here was formed by the Creator of the universe: in His perfect likeness. He made me in His own image. I would like to add that woman was the final thing He created: His zenith! It’s a little overwhelming to think about.
What does it mean to reflect Him in our lives?
“Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did” 1 John 2:6
Wow. That’s a tall order. I love and follow Jesus. I claim to live in Him. I am now commanded that I must live as Jesus did! Not to live as a messiah and perform miracles but to show grace to others, live humbly, serve people with love. Jesus preached and followed His greatest commandment “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37-39
I think the way we live most like and reflect Christ is to love on one another. That means loving the people you don’t necessarily want to love. It doesn’t mean you have to be friends with and like everyone, but we are commanded to love them. That includes the coworker that irritates you, the family member that always causes the drama, the ex-best friend that gossips about everyone, the person who cut you off on the expressway, and the homeless man begging on the subway. It does not mean being fake to someone. Jesus was always genuine. Like is your opinion of someone and their actions. Real love: agape: is the unconditional love that God has for us even though we are sinners. We should be reflecting that kind of love to others.
“This I command you, that you love one another.” John 15:17
“and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” Ephesians 5:2
“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord–who is the Spirit–makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image” 2 Corinthians 3:18
The word ‘reflect’ here in Greek means: “to show in a mirror, to make to reflect, to mirror”
In Old Testament times, there was a veil in the temple that only the priests could go behind to meet with God. When Jesus died on the cross and the veil was torn (“And behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth shook and the rocks were split.” Matthew 27:51) it made it possible for us to have a direct relationship with God himself! Now that the veil is removed and we can see and have a relationship with our Creator, we are able be the mirror that reflects His light and glorious goodness to the world!Is your life being a good reflection of God’s love towards us? Is there anywhere that you can clean up your mirror to be a better reflection of Him to others? “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart” Proverbs 27:19 Do you have the agape love of Jesus in your heart?