My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Reflecting the Wrong Image
Professing to be wise, they became fools,
(Romans 1:22 NASB)
and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the
form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and
(Romans 1:23 NASB)
Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them.
(Romans 1:24 NASB)
For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and
served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.
(Romans 1:25 NASB)
Paul is describing the fall of humanity. Humanity which was
created to be a reflection of the Image! However, once humanity turned
their backs on God, they could no longer reflect Him because they were
no longer facing Him. So often in the Old Testament we are called to
"seek the face of God." Why is that? so that we will be drawn toward
the Image. Sadly, Paul says that we have turned our backs on Him and
now, instead of reflecting His image, we are reflecting the world around
us. Instead of being in the image of an incorruptible God, we are
reflecting the images of corruptible humanity and even the behaviors of
the creatures of this earth. The result is that humanity has chosen to
worship and serve the creatures rather than the very Creator Himself.
We are reflecting ourselves!
This may have been Paul's indictment against the Romans but what
about us today? We are still humanity and we were created with the
intent of reflecting God to the world. We are to be His image bearers.
Sadly, we have turned our backs on Him. Even followers of Jesus Christ
are somehow following Him at a distance -- a long distance and
therefore the reflection of the Image is so small that it is barely
visible. The ugliness of this world is being reflected in those who
profess to follow Christ. We see behaviors that the world would
encourage because we have traded the Image for the image of the world.
We are enticed by the things of this world. We want to look like the
people of this world. We want to have the things the world has to
offer. And the worst is that in relationships we have given up the
things of God to behave in creaturely like fashion. Even adopting
animal-like behaviors in some instances. Isn't that scary?
Are we reflecting the wrong image? It takes courage to admit that we
have been facing the wrong direction. However, if we desire to turn
around and face Him and seek His face, He will be there to help us. His
grace will draw us into His presence and we may again be restored to be
His image bearers.
What are you reflecting today?
Lord, may I seek You and Your face this day! Amen.