Today in the final part of my Image blog posts, I want us to think about ourselves. i.e. Our own image. By this I don’t mean our physical image, but instead our spiritual image…
We know we are all different both outwardly and inwardly, but does that mean we can’t all be the image of Christ?
Being the “image of Christ” isn’t about what or who we look like, but it’s about the kind of person we are, how we act in every situation and what we say to both our friends and our enemies.
I came across the following quote recently and I think it fits with my thoughts today:
To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.
This is backed up by scripture in Romans 12:9-10 (The Message)
Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle.
To be considered to be Christ-like, we must, as the above quote from G.K.Chesterton suggests, love every, including the unloveable. Now I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that it can be very very difficult sometime to love the unloveable, and sometimes because of situations that occur, it can even be very very difficult to love those we care deeply about.
So to love is Christ-like, but loving everyone is tough, that’s why we can’t expect to do succeed on our own, that’s why God has promised to be with us in every situation.
I’d like you to listen to a beautiful piece of music with inspirational lyrics which completely reinforces what I’ve said in the last few days about us being the image of Christ. I really hope you enjoy it, but more importantly, are blessed by it. Here are the International Staff Songsters of the Salvation Army singing Christ In Me:
God made us in his image, so surely that means we must try to continue to be like God in all we do.
Genesis 1:26-28 (NIV)
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
I pray that others may see Christ in me in all I do, and that Christ may continue to grow in my live. I pray you too may become the image of Christ.