In a world where selfies, mainstream personal videos, and profiles dominate it’s easy to surmise that image to most means a great deal. One’s style and the exterior of self is put on display for the world to like, or not.
But, the true degree of our image goes much deeper. It’s so easy to look at the clothes, the hair, and the poses and think that’s the sum of a person. When God crafted us individually and designed us like Him, He saw so much more. He had a greater vision in mind.
I fear that we have watered down His intention for our purposeful design of a deeper and more spiritually revealing self that personifies His glory before the world and we have settled for the cheaper, mass-produced, mass approved public version.
I believe when God spoke in the beginning that we were made in His image (see Genesis 1:27), He spoke of more than just our facial features, our physique, our height, weight, and so on. He spoke of our representation of something the boundaries of those outer measurements can’t comprehend. He spoke of our likeness of Him. At that point of creation, when it came time for humanity to be put on the earth, God looked to Himself to snap a portrait of who we are truly designed to be.
Now, do I mean that you are supposed to be God sitting on the throne in heaven? No. But, what I do mean is we are carriers of so much more. The portrait of our lives is made to expose and reflect His glory of the greater. The selfies we have grown accustomed to can’t compare to the true nature we were designed to resemble.
So my question is, why settle for less when your life and mine was made to shine beyond the flash of a lens? Can we not view our importance and value through the eyes of God instead of view clicks, like buttons, and reactions? Who or what do we really want our lives to model?
Selfies and having fun with cameras aren’t bad. I take them myself from time to time. They just don’t hold the sum of who we really are. We can make pretty faces, pose, and dress – but, we will never find true happiness and satisfaction in life exchanging our true image for cheaper version this world has to offer.
Therefore, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven,” Matthew 5:16. Show the world your selfie that’s established in Him.
Verses to ponder:
Colossians 3:10 “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.”
Ephesians 4:24 “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”
Ephesians 2:10 “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Romans 13:14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.”
Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”