Image of God
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.Genesis 1:27
We are created in the image of God which means we are designed to have the mind and heart of Christ. When we live the way we are designed to live, we live life to the full. Living the way we are designed brings better health, both mentally and physically.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2) We all have a sinful nature and our flesh is the source of that nature. We overcome that sinful nature as God fills us with his Spirit and renews our brain through our thinking. The Spirit changes our thinking to the mind of Christ. As we serve the Lord and led by the Spirit, our hearts begins to change to the heart of Jesus. This is a lifelong process, conforming to the image of his Son. He also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, (Romans 8:29)
If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (John 14:15 NASB) We are created to have a heart filled with God’s love that motivates us to obey his good, pleasing and perfect will. God’s love comes through the Spirit which lives within us and Christ through the Spirit, guides our life making us more Christ-like. This is an ongoing process to become the person we were created to be and it requires that we follow the Spirit obeying his commands. As we become more Christ-like, the commands of the Lord become natural to our Godly nature because our hearts are filled with God’s love.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7) The more our minds and hearts are filled with God’s divine love, the closer we are to the Lord and the more we understand him. It’s God’s love in our hearts that identifies us with Christ.
Today, be mindful that you were created in the image of God and that the Spirit is molding you the mind and heart of Jesus. It is an unbelievable blessing to spiritually grow and have the mind and heart become more like Jesus.
Prayer: Lord, help me to always know that I am created in your image, and you are molding me to live the way I was created to live — to the mind and heart of Christ. Thank you for this divine blessing. In Jesus name, Amen