Read: 2 Corinthians 3:18 (GNT)
All of us, then, reflect the glory of the Lord with uncovered faces; and that same glory, coming from the Lord, who is the Spirit, transforms us into His likeness in an ever greater degree of glory.
I have always known I was created in God’s image but I really couldn’t visualize what that image looked like. What I realized in my curiosity is that our human minds cannot truly comprehend what that means. It is not so much an inherent physical quality but rather the way in which we live. We are not God, but rather a likeness of Him, so we have to allow His image to grow in us throughout our life. That comes with spiritual maturity – maturity that needs nurturing.
Along the way, we will stumble and fall, but the image of God, although distorted by the sin of the world, is still present in us. That holds true for everyone, not just us. God created everyone in His image (Genesis 1:27). Which leads to the responsibility we have as agents of that image. Fortunately, we have a mentor who was sent in human likeness to demonstrate how to carry out the responsibility given to us. Jesus’ time on earth is an example of what it is like to live in the image of God. Among the many lessons He taught while on earth is that “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)
When we allow this to be at the forefront of our spiritual journey, then the likeness of God is revealed and shines forth from within us.