Reflecting God’s Image
August 1, 2020
Memory Text: “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).
Our Beliefs, no. 22, Christian Behavior: “We are called to be a godly people who think, feel, and act in harmony with biblical principles in all aspects of personal and social life. For the Spirit to recreate in us the character of our Lord we involve ourselves only in those things that will produce Christlike purity, health, and joy in our lives.”
Ellen G. White, Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, pp. 82, 83
Read Ephesians 5:8-10.
You finish the scenes:
Scene 1: Liz was a girl in school whom everyone liked. Always nice to everyone, Liz would walk through the hallways every day with a smile on her face, saying hello to everyone. Liz also had a wonderful singing voice, which she used to sing in church and in the school choir. One day she was practicing in the music room for special music when one of the younger students came noisily into the room. Liz stopped what she was doing. What did she do to reflect Christ?
Scene 2: Vaughn was a student whom other students looked up to. He could often be found playing ball with people who weren’t even very good. During some free time Vaughn and some students were playing ball. Some friends invited Vaughn to play with them in a basketball game. They were exclusively asking Vaughn and not the other players. What did Vaughn do to reflect Christ?
Read 1 Corinthians 10:31; Ephesians 5:1-3; 1 John 2:6.
When we realize that everything we do has an impact on who we become then we will guard our minds and hearts from wrong thoughts and feelings. It is by looking at Jesus that we become changed into His likeness. As we become more like Him, we begin to treat others as He did. And as we treat others as Jesus would, we reflect His love to them.
What are you doing to become more like Jesus?
With whom will you share the love of Jesus this week?
Below are two verses that are scrambled. Can you separate them and write out the correct verses? Both are from the New King James Version. Hint: knowing the books of the Bible will help you.
Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, 19, 20 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, 1 whom you have from God, whatever things are just, Philippians and you are not your own? whatever things are pure, For you were bought at a price; 6: whatever things are lovely, therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, Corinthians whatever things are of good report, 4: which are God’s. if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—8 meditate on these things.
Read 2 Corinthians 4:6.
Paul calls us to “contemplate the Lord’s glory” (2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV). A mirror reflects that which is right in front of it. The moon reflects the light from the sun. We are not different. If we have our eyes, heart, hands, and mind fully focused on Christ, His reflection will appear in our lives. The result, according to Paul, is that we become more and more like Jesus.
As Christians, we are learning what it means to follow Christ. So we practice kindness when we don’t feel like it. We forgive others when we don’t want to. We show love to the unloving because it is the right thing to do. The more you follow Christ, the more like Him you will become, and the more natural these traits will be. It changes you.
“As we study the Example, as we behold the character of Christ, note His life of humility, patience, self-denial, and love, we become changed” (Ellen G. White, “Learn of Me,” Signs of the Times, January 26, 1891).
Be sure of this, however, that unless the Son is your focus, you will not shine. There is no moon without the sun. There is no mirror reflection without someone standing there. You know the song “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine”? Your “light” is a “reflector light” of the love of Jesus!
Fill in the blanks after looking up the texts in the New International Version (go to Biblegateway.com).
1. “And we all, who with unveiled faces the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his with everincreasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
2. “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge,; and to,; and to, ; and to,, and to, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them, is and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins” (2 Peter 1:5-9).
3. “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is, so be holy in all you do; for it is: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’ ” (1 Peter 1:14-16).
4. “When they saw the of Peter and John and realized that they were, ordinary men, they were and they took note that these men had been with” (Acts 4:13).
5. “For you were once, but now you are in the Lord. Live as children of (for the fruit of the consists in all goodness, and) and find out what pleases the Lord” (Ephesians 5:8-10).
6. “For God, who said, ‘Let shine out of darkness,’ made his shine in our to give us the of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).
7. “The Son is the of God’s glory and the exact of his being, sustaining all things by his word. After he had provided for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the in heaven” (Hebrews 1:3).
When God told us to “be perfect,” He meant to go and spend time with the outcasts, the less-popular people at school, the sad and the broken. He calls us to go to others and extend grace to them in the same way He extended grace to us. Do you remember the first time it occurred to you what Christ had done for you? When did you first understand what unconditional love is? That is the “perfection” God is looking for. Everyone of us is endowed with the capacity to love unconditionally—but only by surrendering our selfish nature and focusing on this perfect part of God’s character will we be able to do it. The more we practice love like this, the more we experience it ourselves. As we receive it from God we can reflect that experience to others.
Read 2 Peter 1:5-9.
“It is the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, which Jesus said He would send into the world, that changes our character into the image of Christ; and when this is accomplished, we reflect, as in a mirror, the glory of the Lord. That is, the character of the one who thus beholds Christ is so like His, that one looking at him sees Christ’s own character shining out as from a mirror” (Ellen G. White, In Heavenly Places, p. 337).
We won’t be able to reflect Jesus overnight. Allowing our reflector “lights to shine” takes time and effort. Try taking a few minutes each morning and ask God to help you show His love to others. Write in the mirror below three to five ways you want to reflect God’s love to others this week. Journal your thoughts and experiences around the mirror throughout the week.