We sat together and began the next session of our study. The question asked, “Why do you think God made us in His image?” The innocence of his response surprised me.
Thanks for joining us for Wednesday’s Word with Kim-Evinda and Trench Classes United. Our prayer is that you will come to appreciate the significance of being “made in His image.”
When asked if you know someone, and you don’t really remember if you do, usually we ask what they look like, right? Or when a guy or girl is going to meet a possible candidate for a date for the first time at the insistence of a “caring” friend who wants to set them up, usually the first question out of their mouth is, “What do they look like?”
Have you ever wondered what Jesus looks like? We know Hollywood paints him as a guy with close-to-shoulder-length brownish hair, a beard to match, prominent cheek bones, beautiful gently piercing eyes and an incredible smile. But it doesn’t matter what He looks like; it’s His image we’re after. “When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8
But let’s talk about the word “image” for a moment. Image has its roots in the Latin word imitari, meaning "to copy or imitate.” Another definition from the Catechism of the Catholic Church states that image is the “likeness of the Creator. ... Hence it means the capacity for relationship; it is the human capacity for God."
As I read these explanations for both of us, it was as if a light bulb went off…it’s not His appearance we’re seeking, but His character which is found in His presence! The more we seek Him, the closer we will get to His intended image for us. He created us in His image on the basis of relationship: He desires to have relationship with each of us.
Abba, teach me how to seek Your face as I strive to turn off the distractions that often interfere with my vision of your presence so I may reflect Your character!