Ancient kings would put their likeness (statues, coins, art) in far reaches of their kingdoms as representations of their authority—just a little reminder to the people of who the king was. God does that with us too. Human beings were made in his image, and Jesus came to restore the image in us, as reminders of who God really is. We have the capacity reflect his nature in every corner of his kingdom.
Whether we like it or not, people will often judge God by the “face” his people put on him. We can’t help but represent him, whether we are doing so accurately or not. They make judgments about who he is based on who we are. So who we are needs to be a lot like who he is. If we inevitably put a face on God, it needs to be a face that actually reveals his true nature of love and compassion.
No matter how daunting the thought of representing God is, embrace it. You can’t avoid it; you can only choose to do it well or not. So do it well. Reveal his nature by your actions, words, and attitudes. Be conformed to his image daily, and display him with joy and confidence.
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