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Image Bearers

Ready or not… Here it comes! The 2013–2014 school year is rapidly coming upon us. As always, this summer break seemed shorter than last summer break, and August came much earlier in the calendar year than what we previously remember. On the other hand, there are many students and staff who are excited about getting the 2013-14 school year under way. Our theme for this year is “Created in His Image.” I am very excited about exploring with the students what it means to be made in the image of God and how this should impact our lives.

When I think of  “image,” I think of a photo. The good old fashioned cameras with film inside of them and a shutter serve as a good example. The shutter opens very quickly to allow light to pass through the film that is inside the camera. Whatever was in front of the camera at the time the shutter came open, is what is captured on the film and then developed into a picture. The resulting image or picture that we produce from our photo session is a point in time glimpse of maybe a person or a sunset or a beautiful mountain scene.

So it is with the image of God that has been stamped on every person that is ever born. As humans we bear the image of God, meaning that we get glimpses here and there of God-like characteristics coming through in our lives. Of course with the curse of sin upon us, there is no one that perfectly bears the image of God because of the sin nature that has been passed down from Adam and Eve to all of their descendents. But praise God that his main work of redemption aims at restoring the image of God in us as the Spirit of God takes control of our lives and transforms us into a new man. Colossians 3:10 says “put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.” What a precious thought it is to realize that even though our image bearing capabilities are severely marred by sin, that God provides redemption to us as fallen humans. A redemption that restores and repairs our capacity to accurately reflect the image of God.

Though no one will perfectly reflect the image of God in this life, we  can look forward to the day when there will be a final transformation that permanently changes our ability to reflect God’s image. I John 3:2 tell us that “when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.”  I Corinthians 15:51-52 promise us that we will be changed in the twinkling of an eye. Until that time of permanent change, may we be an accurate snapshot of the God we serve!

-Lyle Musser, Administrator

Posted by Kristen on Aug 20th 2013 | Filed in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Image Bearers