While we don’t always act righteously, and while we don’t always do things successfully, what we are is image bearers of God.
- Larry Day
Students bear the image of God in their daily lives. All humans are image reflectors. Being an image bearer isn’t something we do. It is deeper than that. Image bearer is what we are.
We reflect God’s image! We are all image bearers of Christ! Think about it like a mirror – the image of the ‘real person’ is reflected in the mirror. You don’t see the actual real person, but you see what she is like. All the characteristics we admire in God are also within us – we are His reflection.
And not only us! All humans were created in that image. Sin can often fog the mirror and make the reflection more difficult to see. Challenging our students in their learning activities to see themselves and each other as reflecting God’s image is only part of our task. We need to also challenge them to see the image bearer in the hungry child, the hardened criminal, the school bully and the careless teacher!
People around us often form impressions of who God is by looking at God’s followers. We all need to learn that while we are image bearers, we can distort the image by what we do. The more Christ-like our actions are the more clearly Christ’s light shines in a dark world.
- Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”
- Matt 25:31-43 "Whatever we do to people, we do to God – because people are image-bearers."
- 2 Corinthians. 4:10 “We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body."
Other Passages to Ponder:
- Galatians 2:20
- Colossians. 3:17