Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Images (Part 4)
The Image Of Jesus
He is the Image of the invisible God, the Firstborn over all creation.
Colossians 1:15 (NKJV)
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the Image of His Son, that He might be the Firstborn among many brethren.
Romans 8:29 (NKJV)
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same Image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NKJV)
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.
Ephesians 5:1 (NASB)
Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.
1 John 2:6 (NIV)
I continue to be amazed by the Image and Lifestyle of Jesus, the Man. I wonder why Christians don't discuss them more, because they are fascinating. Basically, Jesus chose a plain appearance, humble family and ordinary occupation. Today's super-handsome images of our Superstar Savior are not true to Scripture.*
Since we are supposed to look like Jesus, what does that mean for actors, models and talent for Christ? Should you be plain, too? What if God made you beautiful? He surely gave you supernatural appeal!
'To each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: 'When He ascended on high, He took many captives and gave gifts to His people' ' (Ephesians 4:7-8). Who are His captives? 'The powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the Cross' (Colossians 2:15).
In this light, consider the gifts and talents God gave you. Now consider the mission field of media, where image is oh-so-important. Do you play by their rules or His rule? I believe you can do both. Joseph, Esther and Daniel did.
The Bible describes them as physically attractive, and their appearance was put to good purpose. It helped them rise in alien nations. During the process, they respected the customs and rulers of foreign lands. Even so, they maintained their first love, Who is God. By them, cultures were changed and people were saved.
When Jesus said, 'No servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him' (John 13:16), let this be your lesson: Your image cannot become greater than His substance. Your fame cannot become greater than His Name.
Jesus looked extraordinarily different from the other priests of His day by an unfathomable simplicity. That same strategy will make you different from the other stars of this day.
To Be Continued...
* Previous AMTC Devotion on the choices of Jesus: http://amtcdevotions.org/leadership-part-7-the-choices-of-jesus
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Images series.