when I read my old journal! This week in small group we are studying self-image. I’ve been struggling with this lately, and I was thinking about how I used to make small studies on different topics. Turns out I had one of my old prayer journals at school, so I busted it out because I remembered writing about what a Christian should look like. My 17 year old self had some thoughts on the matter based off of scripture, and I was really encouraged and challenged to be renewed with that kind of passion. Here goes!
Imago Dei- made in the image of God! What should a Christian look like?
In a nutshell, a reflection of Christ in every way. That’s what the word “Christian” means.
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.”
2 Cor. 3:18
“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
MIND- Christians have renewed minds. They don’t think like anyone of this world. In fact, they are opposite to a lot of humanistic views. Can you think of examples?
“Do not conform any longer 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.
HEART- Our hearts belong to Christ and everything we do is FOR Him, BY Him, and only THROUGH us. Again, this is Christ IN us.
“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”
“Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ ”
SIGHT- Christians don’t see life simply by how it appears- we don’t need to. There’s a peace we have in Christ that nothing else can possess.
2 Corinthians 5:7-9
“We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.”
2 Cor. 5:16-17
“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.”
2 Cor. 4:18
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
SPEECH- We’re not perfect, but a Christian should make an effort not to be careless in what they say, but to speak the truth in love, and build one another up.
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Christians speak with joy of the great things God has done and will continue to do.
“If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight reign on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
ACTION- what we do is compassionate and forgiving. We don’t judge. Christians serve and love.
“Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.”
“For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.”
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
Romans 13:12-14 (added today because I thought it was relevant also)
2The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.[c]
Identify yourself with Christ- wrap up in him and see the world through His eyes.