Monday, October 31, 2011
Regaining the Image
God made us, He says, in His own image. What does that mean, exactly? I know that, when I look in the mirror, I see an image of myself, but applying that same logic to God confuses me. I know that I don't look like God but, on some level, He tells me that I do or was meant to.
Sounds like there is some work to do. God agrees:
Work out your salvation with fear and trembling for it is God who works in you to will and act according to His good purpose.--Philippians 2:13
Work has to happen on both sides.
God works in us, but He does not work in us to make us better people. He works to change us to be so much like Him that we will, or want, the same things that He does.
Then, we work out what He has worked in. Once we turn our eyes on God, this is our only job, and we fear and tremble at the magnanimity of it.
God works Himself into us until our wills change, letting the salvation He wrought work itself into actions. He does not stop until we see only His own face.
We become better people in the process, but not primarily in our relationships with other men, but in our relationship with Him.