This past Sunday, we looked at God’s stated purpose for humanity based on page one of the Bible: “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule…” (Gen. 1:26). Human beings are uniquely designed by God to image him, to show the world who he is and what he is like.

Some of you may have been to our state capitol building where there is a statue of the Little Rock Nine. These teenagers stood courageously against the injustice of the 1950’s and were a big part of the integration of Little Rock Central High School. But their statue is not just intended to be a great work of art. It’s intended to remind you of who they were and what they did. You are supposed to see through the statue to the reality it represents.

That’s us! God has created us and formed us and placed us where he’s placed us to be his representatives. We are not here for ourselves. We are here to live in such a way that people see through us to the One we represent. Our lives are meant to be reflections of the character of our Creator. All of us are telling a story about God through the way that we live. The question is, “Are we telling the truth?”

Paul says in Romans 1:18 that in our unrighteousness we have failed to tell the truth about what God is like. So let’s do some inventory. Think about your life over the past week. How many times has your life failed to tell the truth about God? How many times have you failed to live and act in a way that makes him look as glorious and good as he really is?

If you’re anything like me, your answer is probably “a lot.” But this is why we believe the gospel is such good news! The all-powerful Creator and King of the universe didn’t abandon us in our failure, but instead he pursued us in the person and work of Jesus, who is “the image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15). He perfectly reflected and represented the Father, to the point that he could say, “If you have seen me, you’ve seen the Father” (John 14:9). That’s what we were created to do but continually fail to do.

And now as we trust in his life, death, and resurrection, and our lives are united to his, Paul says that we “are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” As our lives are united together with Jesus, the Spirit transforms us so that we can more accurately show the world who God is and what he’s like. So, let’s come with a spirit of confession for all the ways that we fail to reflect him, and let’s ask God to make us into a people who show the world who he is and what he’s like. I’m praying for the day when every man, woman, and child in Little Rock has a daily encounter with Jesus through the words and deeds of his people. I’m praying for the day when God does such a powerful work in us that people can say, “If you’ve seen the people of Calvary, you’ve seen the Father!”

Love you guys,

Ryan

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