We all have a certain image we want others to see. Be it the perfect, always together housewife. The successful corporate lawyer. The tough inner city gang member.
Then there is the image that we think others see. We ignore our weight. We ignore the lines around our eyes. We think ourselves younger. We think ourselves older.
Here is the thing – none of those things matter:
“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.” Genesis 1:27
We are made in God’s image.
There are a lot of mentions of image in the Bible, usually toward idols, false gods and other items. Does the Bible say anything about our image? How are we supposed to appear to those around us?
Don’t get me wrong – there is nothing wrong with having a successful career or appearing to have it all together as a homemaker (although I would like to meet her!) but is that all we are called to do in this life? Is this all people should see of us?
Shouldn’t they see us brokenhearted over the injustices of the world – slavery that still abounds, children being used and abused, the homeless, the widowed.
We are told in Galatians 5:22 and 23 that we should have the fruits of the Spirit which are: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. In the same book and chapter verse 26 we are told not to long for vain glory, envy one another or provoke one another.
What does this have to do with image? Everything!
Are you longing for vain glory? That is are you looking for recognition here on earth, where we are only sojourners? Are you looking for that next big promotion as your only reason for having that job? Are you looking for others to see how unselfish you are by neglecting your health while you care for your family?
If others only see what has us blending in with the world then our image is the same as their image – not of God. We are desiring to live in the world but while taking care of ourselves even if there is some meat on our bones, the dad providing for his family, the mom being home – are all good things but we need to make sure our image as created by God isn’t lost in an image that makes us look like the earth is our home.
There are days I fail miserably in showing the fruits of the Spirit and I grieve – grieve that I’ve hurt my Father by not showing an image worthy of a daughter of the King. Grieve that others did not see in me a witness to His glory and love. So as I, and you, fellow Brother and Sister, make sure your image is one that is God approved, because in the end that is all that is going to matter.