What model did God use when He made you and me?

Genesis 1:26: God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness…”
He made us like Himself, and for a reason. He wants us to be like Him. He made us with that in-built potential. It is His intention.
And what about God’s template for Jesus?

Hebrews 1:3: The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.
Jesus shows us what God is like. He shows us clearly what we might otherwise struggle to comprehend.

Colossians 1:15: The Son is the image of the invisible God.
What we learn from Jesus reveals the character of God to us.

John 1:14: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

And what do we do with that information? We change…

Ephesians 4:20-24: You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

This transformation happens, not through our actions, but because we let God act within us.

Philippians 2:13: for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
We are created by God acting is us. Indeed, God is creating himself in us.

And who achieves this transformation? Is it us?

2 Corinthians 3:17-18: And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, ARE being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
We are being transformed by God’s spirit.

The more we look at Jesus the more we are changed. So, do people look at us and see the children of the Father, full of grace and glory. Or do people think us miserable? Are we true representatives of God? Do we show forth grace and truth? Maybe we fail to focus on him sufficiently. Maybe we fail to let Him work in our lives. May our focus not slip. May we not prevent God from acting in our lives.

(Based on part of a talk given at Kingston Ecclesia in Jamaica by Bro Tony Isaacs of Atlanta East, USA)