There have been plenty of times in my life when my mother has said to me, “Jason, you are just like your father.” Depending upon what I was doing at the time and the tone of her voice it’s been pretty easy to discern whether this was a good thing or not. After sharing a kind word or observing my meticulous way of doing things (which can sometimes be a curse rather than a blessing) she’ll smile and say: “You are just like your father.” Other times, perhaps after a bit of sarcasm or bout of stubbornness: “You are just like your father!”
The writer of Hebrews affirms Jesus as “the exact representation” of God’s being (Hebrews 1:3).
The Apostle Paul writes, Christ “is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15).
Jesus Himself asserts, “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen the Father” (John 14:9).
Christ represents God in every way. His being. His nature. His heart. So much so that to see Him is to see the Father. We too often think of Jesus as an idea, rather than as a person. But it proves difficult to follow an idea. “I am the Way. I am the Truth. I am the Life” (John 14:6). The way to God. The truth of God. The life that only God can give. All found not in the idea of Jesus, but rather, in the person of Jesus. He comes that we might have life. That we might have true, full life (John 10:10). And that we might follow Him.
Aren’t we created in the image of God? Sure we are (Genesis 1:26-27). But in order to reveal Him. To reflect Him. To represent Him, in our lives, we must be shaped more and more into His image. And more and more into the image of His Son. The One whom we follow.
Jeremiah speaks on behalf of God and describes the Potter as He shapes the clay (Jeremiah 18). Of course Jeremiah is referring to God and Israel, but don’t we fit into the illustration as well?
As we live life, God the Potter shapes us. He molds us. More and more into the people He desires for us to be. The Potter shapes the clay by applying pressure to the areas that need to be changed as the Potter’s wheel turns. Our role in all of this? To be moldable. Pliable. To not resist the changes the Potter is making within us. Too often we refuse. We are made uncomfortable by the pressure applied. By the changes made. And yet what God is doing is shaping us. Shaping our lives. Shaping our hearts.
As He does and as we willingly allow Him to work within, I picture Him with a smile as He says: “You are more like your Father every day!”
Glory to God!