Olivia's Story - I Bear the Image of God
Olivia Niquette is one of our college students who recently was asked to reflect on what it meant to bear God’s image. Olivia is very active in our youth program and takes care of children in our Nursery on Sunday Mornings. It’s so exciting to see the next generation of the church not only understands the finished work of Jesus but live it out in everything they do. Enjoy this response she had in reflection of what it means to bear God’s image.
As Christians, we bear the image of God. In bearing the image of God, love is the most important attribute we have acquired. We can love the way that He does thanks to what Jesus accomplished. 1 Corinthians 13:2 says “If I have the gift of prophecy” or “have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” This verse tells us that as believers loving each other and the world is what we do because of what Christ has done in us! We will find great joy if love is the center of our lives because God does as well. As His word tells us, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:4-7). This is how He loves us.
Being a follower of Christ means that we more fully understand God’s love for everyone. He is love. When we refused to love God, He sent his ONE and ONLY Son, Jesus, to come down to earth, be tortured, and hang on a cross to die for the sins we committed and continue to commit each and every day. Bearing the image of God means that even when we don’t feel like loving someone that hurt us or made our lives difficult, we still love them because He still loves us. God’s own creation turned from Him, and He still came after us with arms wide open. “If we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us” (1 John 4:12).
Although bearing God’s image doesn’t mean I am God, I am a partaker of His divine nature and am made a new creation in Christ. I am fully sanctified and God has seated me with Christ in his Kingdom of which I am now a joint heir! It’s a privilege to be able to share this good news of of the gospel of grace with those I’m surrounded by each and every day. God’s love for us is truly amazing!