Do you know people in your life that seem to reflect Christ through all they do? You don’t see their human character but God’s holiness shown through their life. God created all of us in His image. From the beginning we were born with a calling: To be an Image Bearer, a reflection of the Lord.
All the way back when God first made mankind, the Bible tells us in Genesis 1:27 (NIV) “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Now let’s skip ahead into Exodus when God has freed His people Israel from Egypt by the hand of a man named Moses. Moses had a deep level of communication with the Lord, and he was the Israelites go between with God as they traveled through the desert. In Exodus 34 we are told that every time Moses went to speak with the Lord, his face would radiate a glowing light. The people of Israel would then know he had been with God. Moses would then veil his face again until the next time he spoke with the Lord.
Obviously we don’t usually see someone walk around with a lit-up face after talking to God, but let’s discuss some ways we can reflect the Lord’s light in our own lives today. We reflect God’s light by:
- Having joy even in the hardest of times. God has blessed us incredibly in life. We can always find something to rejoice in. We have the gift of grace, forgiveness, mercy, hope, peace, the Bible, Jesus, family, friends, nature to relax in, books, scrumptious food, and so much more. It really is not difficult to find a source of happiness. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
- Serving and taking care of others. If you love and have compassion on those who are suffering and less fortunate, than you are doing it unto your Father in heaven. Also, by serving people around you whether you know them or not, you are showing God’s love to them. Jesus spent His whole time on Earth healing those around Him, both physically and spiritually. He takes care of us so therefore we should take care of others. We must act with meekness and humility towards those around us. Always be open for opportunities from God to reach out and serve others. Matthew 25:40,“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
- Giving all credit to God instead of boasting in yourself. When God gives you victory and success over something, be sure not to boast in yourself; boast in your Lord and Savior who is an all-powerful God. Share with people how God has saved you and how when you fell down God raised you up not vice versa. Your help comes from the Lord. Jeremiah 9:24,“…but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.”
- Putting others before yourself. Think of other’s feelings instead of only your own. Imagine how your actions would affect someone. Remember that people besides yourself may have thoughts to offer. Make choices that will positively affect those around you. Use discretion before speaking or taking action on a situation. Philippians 2:3, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,”
- Forgiving and let things go when other people hurt and use you. Now this doesn’t mean that you should allow that person who has treated you poorly back into a vulnerable place again. You shouldn’t be a punching bag or someone who can be trampled on. It does mean though that you no longer think and hold on to what they have done towards you. You can move on with your life once that transgression they have committed is gone. Remember that Christ died on the cross an excruciating death for our sins. Therefore how could we not forgive someone of such a small hurt compared to what we’ve done? Matthew 18:21-22, “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
- Lifting others up with your words. Be a person who compliments and makes people feel pleased with themselves. Remind those around you how special and precious they are to the Lord. Whether it be about someone’s outfit, hair, hard work on a project etc., a single compliment can make someone’s entire day and give that person hope to hold on. Make a habit to speak only positivity and never say a word which could bring a person down, especially if it’s behind their backs. 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
- Working your butt off in all you do. Do everything to glorify the Lord your God. Be motivated and determined to do your best in school, sports, extracurricular activities, and work. Give your all even in the things which you may not be super thrilled about doing aka math (*cough cough* sorry dad). Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
- Being bold in sharing your faith. Ask God to give you confidence and that He would speak through you as you minister to people. How could you keep the splendid news of hope which saves lives to yourself? Don’t fear their responses. Boldness speaks volumes. Don’t shy away from possible moments to plant a seed in someone’s heart. Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
- Being vulnerable about your story. When ministering it’s important to not only share the Word of God but to share your testimony. Be open about your flaws, struggles, pains, and how God took your brokenness and formed you into the beautiful child of the King you are today. When I went on my missions trip to Ecuador, I first thought I didn’t have a story. God then reminded me of times in my life when I was falling into a bottomless pit, and I couldn’t lift myself up. Then God stepped in and saved the day. God can use your story to touch other’s hearts as He speaks through you. 2 Corinthians 6:11-13, “We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians, and opened wide our hearts to you. We are not withholding our affection from you, but you are withholding yours from us. As a fair exchange—I speak as to my children—open wide your hearts also.”
- Being different from the world and being unashamed of who God made you to be. Do what you are called to do and live each day being your unique self. You were each made with your own interests, passions, styles, gifts, and purposes. Stop following the crowd; stand out and reflect Christ’s light. Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
I know it’s easier said than done to follow each of these items. I’m a flawed human being, and I know that some days I’ve been in a grumpy mood or honestly was too lazy to try. I do think we should all aspire to reflect Christ every day of our lives. You and I need to come before the Lord and pray that He would help lead us into being a reflection of His light throughout each day. Pray that He would teach us how to be His image bearers.
Here is a lyric from my new favorite TobyMac song called “Lights Shine Bright” which I’ve been literally obsessed with lately.
“I wanna magnify Your light
I wanna reflect the sun
Cut like precious diamonds
With the colors by the millions
This is the only world we know
And for now this rental’s our home
If we gonna be a reflection
Gotta make this third rock glow.”
Whew! I’m breaking a writer’s sweat right now. I apparently had a lot on my mind today. This post is insanely long and packed so I hope you at least got something out of it. Thank you all for reading. Please give me some feedback on how I’m doing with my blog so far. I would greatly appreciate it. I hope you have a blessed week, and I will see you again next Sunday back here on “Freshly Brewed Passions”.
In Christ’s Love,