We’re all echoes of what has been modeled for us, either good or bad. Growing up we watch our parents, our friends, politicians, sports stars, celebrities – and then decide for ourselves what values and behaviors are worth emulating, and which ones are not. Nowadays, we “follow” certain people or groups in social media. When we need help or advice, we seek out people who have succeeded in business, parenting, finances, or leadership…and then put their recommendations into practice. We’re imitators, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, we were built that way:
Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, overall the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
We are reflections of our Creator. We are made in his image. From these verses in Genesis, we find that we represent some of God’s attributes and mimic some of his authority over the rest of creation.
When we find directions in the rest of Scripture to do some things and avoid other activities, they aren’t just rules where God is “bossing us around”. The guidelines that God spells out in the Bible are there to show us how to best reflect the characteristics of God that he has instilled in us.
Paul wanted Titus to remind the Cretan believers of how the choices they made and the character of their lives would represent God to the morally bankrupt culture which surrounded them.
Titus 3:1-2 Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.
As always, Jesus is our perfect example of how to reflect God to the culture around us. Looking at his life, we find that Jesus was
subject to rulers and authorities – even the corrupt ones
obedient – he followed through with God the Father’s plan of Salvation, even though it meant his death
ready to do good – he always acted in the best interest of everyone he encountered
slandering no one – he never spoke deceitfully
peaceable and considerate – he always engaged people in the moment, where they were at
true humility toward all men – the King of kings purposely chose to be the servant of all
When we follow Christ’s example, we fulfill our purpose and become what we were created to be.
Which of these six traits will you reflect today?