Genesis 1:27 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
I love the term “image bearer”. There is a certain weight to it. The term seems to capture what we are at the core. We are all image bearers. But whose image are you displaying? Are you bearing the image of God or are you bearing the image of Adam? As Christians, we are to be image bearers of God to this lost and broken world. Some people tell me they are a Christian and my response is, “I could tell by the way you live your life.” Other times, my response is “Wait, you’re a Christian!” I don’t want to surprise anyone. I want it to be perfectly clear.
We are to shine His light into the darkness (Matthew 5:14-16). Are you living your life in such a way that dispels the darkness? Or are you living covered up, hiding His light, making no difference on the world around you?
We are to love each other like Jesus does (John 13:34-35). “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples.” Is your love evident to all? Can people see your love for others?
Jesus is the perfect example of what being an image bearer is all about. He was a perfect representation of God to this world. “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” John 14:9. Can you imagine being able to say that?
As an image bearer, there is a certain responsibility to be a true representation of God. If I’m not connected to God through His Word, prayer, and fellowship, then I tend to drift and the image I present gets distorted. So, remain in Him, and He will remain in you and the world around you will have seen the Father.