Reflecting the Image of God
The only way we can be more like God in character and reflect His image is to get to know Him. We can do this by studying His word, the Bible. This should be done with fervent prayer for the Holy Spirit’s guidance. The more we learn about God, the more we understand His character, the more we can become like Him.
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the LORD” (2 Corinthians 3:18). We get “changed” into the likeness of Christ as the result of “beholding” Him. Our lives are as mirrors, receiving light from Christ and reflecting it to others. As Moses’ face reflected the glory of God at Sinai, so our lives are ever to reflect the glory of the Lord as it shines forth to a lost world.
The plan of redemption aims to restore the image of God in man (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2). This transformation comes about by contemplating Christ (Romans 12:2; Galatians 4:19). Meditation upon the nature of Christ changes the moral and spiritual nature of man as the glory of God did upon the face of Moses.
The humblest Christian who constantly looks to Christ as his Redeemer will reflect in his own life something of the beauty of Christ. If he faithfully continues to do so, he will go on “from glory to glory” in his personal Christian experience (2 Peter 1:5–7).
This spiritual transformation that proceeds from Christ takes place only through the operation of the Holy Spirit, who, having access to the heart, renews, hallows, and glorifies the nature and changes it over into the likeness of Christ’s perfect life. Therefore, this transformation is progressive – it is called sanctification.
In His service,