And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18, ESV)
When we look at Jesus, we can see God with flesh on. We get a picture of what God’s like and who He is. But when we look at the person of Jesus, we also get a picture of who we are and who we’re supposed to be as human persons — what it means to be made in the image of God. The beautiful thing is, God didn’t make us for sin. He made us for Himself. He made us to be God inhabited, God possessed, and He made us so that Jesus could shine out of our lives.
Jesus is the one we’re to model our lives after. And as sin came in the first Adam, redemption, deliverance, joy, love, and laughter all come in the person of Jesus. Do you know what God wants to do in our lives? When people look at you and when they look at me, He wants them to see Him.
Have you noticed when a new baby is born, we don’t even wait until he’s minutes old before we all say, “Who does he look like?” “Well, he has a little bit of his grandpapa, and a little bit of his daddy, and a little bit, oh look, he’s just like Grandma Sue!” The baby is just born, and we see who he looks like.
And that’s what God’s doing. He’s asking, “Do they look like Me yet?” And that’s why He lets some of the trials, the tribulations, and the difficulties come. He has worked life to where it is too big for us. We can’t love the babies we birth or the husbands we sleep with, we cannot even love the neighbor next door without the presence of Jesus. Without Jesus, everything I touch is tainted by sin or my own self-interest. He wants to cleanse us and set free so that when people look at us, they see the reflection and the image of Jesus.